Our vision is a world in which communities define and shape what matters to them, and where systems operate in support of this by recognising: that they are part of the community; that working together is fundamental; and that this is only possible when there is parity amongst all.
Getting to this requires embracing a new way of working, one that acknowledges that a deeper connection between systems and communities is what’s needed. True depth will dissolve the distinction between the two, and requires a belief in the value of relationships and reciprocity.
At present, our many systems are solely focussed on the outcomes that matter to them, see themselves as separate to the communities around them, and hold most, if not all, of the power.
Thankfully, there are practitioners already defining the new way of working. But their work is struggling to grow as systems continue to evaluate them solely on the outcomes that they think matter – despite the broader value they’re creating.
It is time to embrace the inter-connectedness of modern life, to see beyond systems. Doing so requires us to learn together, in a spirit of genuine reciprocity. This is only possible when there is parity and trust.
Our aim is to help these practitioners grow their work, the first step being to build a community of practice. We will co-create this community, both with the practitioners and the people they work with.
Vision first published: January 2018
More information: April 2018