Connecting & Building New Knowledge
We love joining the dots and seeing the connections and opportunities between the different sectors, domains and fields that we all work within. Whether that is noticing where something can be reapplied elsewhere, or seeing where someone can learn from someone else, or spotting emerging practices and looking at how to share them more widely, we actively believe in connecting and building new knowledge.
Every other month we host a “Burning Questions” evening, where we invite people from different fields to learn from and then develop the thinking on a live project that one of the Point People is working on. Below are some of the other projects we’ve done that are all about building and connecting knowledge across different sectors and domains.
As the practice of systems design and strategic design grew and the desire to create systemic change developed, in 2014 we interviewed and filmed 12 practitioners driving systemic change in their field and identified common themes within their work.
Building on the work of Systems Changers we worked with Oxford University and the ICAEW to develop a lexicon of language for systems change as we tried to understand and codify the emerging practices in the field.
As part of trying to join up the dots across the social innovation ecosystem we have been prototyping ways to collect “learning data” that we can then reflect back to the system and see how it can be useful across the different areas of practice as a way of building knowledge and ultimately helping to influence or inform approaches to collective impact.