Chelsea Green Publishing
October 16, 2015
What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems – such as temporary shelters and increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?
After decades of helping change makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that has sparked breakthrough and long-lasting change.
In Systems Thinking for Social Change Stroh uses detailed, real-world examples that explain how to avoid unintended consequences by clearly seeing how complex social systems operate, and then using that knowledge to break the cycles that hold back a true progress through collaborative problem-solving, choice making, and strategic planning.
This highly readable and accessible book will help change makers achieve the results they want in support of what society needs.
David Peter Stroh is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners and a founding director of the website Applied Systems Thinking. He also cofounded Innovation Associates, a consulting firm whose pioneering work in the area of organizational learning formed the basis for fellow cofounder Peter Senge’s management classic The Fifth Discipline.
Internationally recognized for enabling people to apply systems thinking to achieve breakthroughs around chronic, complex problems, David has worked with organizations and communities across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to develop social-change initiatives that improve system-wide performance over time. His clients have included the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the National Centre on Family Homelessness, the National Centres for Disease Control, the World Bank, and Royal Dutch Shell, among others.
David also co-created and leads the Leading Systemic Change workshop, is a charter member of the Society for Organizational Learning, and is a frequent speaker on systems thinking, organizational learning, and social change. His writing has appeared in numerous professional books and journals, including Transforming Work, Reflections: The Society for Organizational Learning Journal, The Systems Thinker, and OD Practitioner. David was a National Science Foundation fellow at MIT where he received a master’s in city planning, and he graduated summa cum laude with undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and urban studies from the University of Michigan.
For more information, please visit www.bridgewaypartners.com and www.appliedsystemsthinking.com.