More than change, and more than system change, the interdependency between systems of economy, health, politics, ecology and communication is where the change lies.

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We, as citizens, as human beings, cannot point to these institutions as “them”— there is no them. All of these contexts of society (and more) are in a kind of ecology of interdependency, pattern and relationship. You and me, we are simultaneously in the systems, and occupying the position of observer, or change-maker. We cannot get out.

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Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” —

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It is not good enough to give hungry people a fish to eat, even to teach them how to fish. You must also reform the fishing industry.

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I am working to make sure we don’t only protect the environment, we also improve governance.

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Programmatic interventions help people beat the odds. Systemic interventions change the odds."

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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

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A single- minded focus on growth will inevitably run up against barriers, such as competition, political or institutional resistance to change, or lack of resources that affect the originator’s ability to sustain the innovation. At that point many will turn their energy to finding long-term solutions. Their efforts may challenge existing systems and will almost certainly demand new skills, relationships and mindsets – including those held by funders.

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Nothing in the universe ever grew from the outside in.

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We can do this, the world is still ripening every one of us — even the bad guys, even the guys we don’t like. Babies, elders, bozos and angels — we’re all ripening, is what I think.

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Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.

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You cannot transform a system without transforming the relationships & consciousness of the people in the system.

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Through ripple effect, one life can make a tremendous difference for all life on this planet.

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We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.

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Complex systems comprise relationships. Relationships exists between things. You can point at things but you can’t point at relationships.

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We have learned to create the small exceptions that can change the lives of hundreds. But we have not learned how to make the exceptions the rule to change the lives of millions.

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Farmers don’t grow crops. They create the conditions for crops to grow.

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Most people will never accomplish the long term great because they settle for the short term good.

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Because our cultures are so diverse and we come from different backgrounds and we’re at different ages and stages of life, you can’t have a cookie cutter approach to this huge transformation that we need.

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There are no separate systems. The world is a continuum. A boundary around a system depends on the purpose of the discussion.

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We act like systems in creating large-scale problems but we act like individuals in trying to solve them.

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As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. Find the corners and boundaries That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system.

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The river that forgets its source will soon dry up.

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With public opinion, he said... there’s weather, and then there’s climate. You’re trying to change the climate, and that takes time.

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In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

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The sad and unfortunate fact is that we continue to view poverty as the fault of the individual and ignore the social and economic systems and mechanisms that are so often responsible for it.

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If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.

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When it comes to moving health care practices forward efficiently, Canada is a country of perpetual pilot projects. We seldom move proven projects into stable, funded programs, and we rarely transfer the outcomes of pilot projects across jurisdictions.

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Begin at the beginning. Open the gates to downstream possibilities. Go with the flow and pay attention to fortuitous tributaries. The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.

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What we would like to do is change the world — make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute — the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words — we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbour, to love our enemy as our friend.

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We get seduced by the complicated in Western society.

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