Thought Partner

If you want to solve a social problem, alleviating symptoms and "scaling" your organization are not going to work. You need to change the social systems that are responsible for the problem in the first place. You need a different strategy. Here are three formats to get started:

Quick Review

You receive high-level feedback on your impact strategy and tips for next steps.

Format: video call

Duration: 1.5 hours

Result: feedback covers

  • clarity and comprehensiveness of your understanding of the system that you want to change
  • ideas for how you can continue the strategy process
  • ideas for how you could generate more indirect impact and more impact on a systems level

Workshop

Your team develops part of a systems change strategy. Donors and partners can participate, too.

Format: facilitated workshop

Duration: 4 or 8 hours

Result: 1 or 2 of the following:

  • Root cause analysis
  • Targeted Systems Change
  • Systems Change Journey (a theory of change with milestones that is easy to communicate)
  • Portfolio of concrete ideas for initiatives to achieve the first milestones, including systemic networks

Strategy Process

We follow the process that I developed for Globalizer, Ashoka's flagship strategy program.

Format: video calls + homework

Duration: 8-12 weeks

Result: systems change strategy

  • Root cause analysis
  • Targeted Systems Change
  • Systems Change Journey (a theory of change with milestones that is easy to communicate)
  • Portfolio of concrete ideas for initiatives to achieve the first milestones, including systemic networks


Strategies for entire cohorts

Do you need strategies for an entire cohort of social ventures, like a portfolio of funding partners or the finalists of a competition? In that case, you need a team of experienced thought partners who have worked with each other for years and are aligned on their methodology. You need the Systems Angels.
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Odin Mühlenbein

  • Was strategic thought partner for 100+ social entrepreneurs and foundations
  • Co-authored 7 reports, numerous articles, tools, a podcast, and online courses on systems change
  • Co-initiated a number of ecosystem initiatives
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Florentine Roth

  • Was strategic thought partner for 50+ social entrepreneurs
  • Co-authored online courses on systems change
  • Certified facilitator
  • Trained 50+ people in systems thinking
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Florian Rutsch

  • Was strategic thought partner for 30+ social entrepreneurs and foundations
  • Co-authored 5 reports, as well as articles, online courses, and tools on systems change
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Olga Shirobokova

  • Was strategic thought partner for 100+ social entrepreneurs
  • Co-authored a report and a podcast on systems change, as well as several online courses