Pathways to the Great Transition
In early 2017 we have launched our new project: Pathways to the Great Transition. Building on the Lab’s work over the last five years, in this new phase we will work with CSOs and researchers to demonstrate how civil society actors and funders can concretely work towards the Great Transition. We aim to provide impulses to the emerging system change discussion with new critical reflections on discourse and theories of change.
The project has two strands:
(1) On the vision question (the 'what' question): Is there a puzzle of the new/next system emerging and if so which are some of the key elements?
(2) On the strategies question (the 'how' question): Can we identify a number of promising pathways (for activists/funders) for the Great Transition?
More about this project soon in this space.
See here the results and conclusions from an initial exploration about theories of change and the vision of the Great Transition at and around the Smart CSOs workshop in October 2016.
Re.imagining Activism – A practical guide for the Great Transition
Based on the research collated and the ideas and experiences generated by the Smart CSOs Lab, our booklet Re.imagining Activism - A Practical Guide for the Great Transition; is a practical tool for activists and social change leaders. It provides guidance and support to activists who want to make a meaningful contribution to this deeper change.
Re.imagining Activism provides practical advice and questions to ask ourselves when we want to change organisations, campaigns or become active on system change in another way.
In addition to the guide, we have also developed an online toolkit to help you engaging groups in your organisation with the ideas and questions from the guide. You can access the toolkit here or via the website menu. It includes:
In case you would like to order copies for your organisation or network, please use the button below, or click here to download the free pdf version.
For most civil society organisations and actvist networks that are fighting for justice and and a more sustainable world questioning the underlying economic model is not a core issue in their campaigns and projects. Our short movie is intended to change this by starting a public conversation on the role of markets and money in our society. Check out www.the-numbers.org