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Only a community board from us this time around because things are busy and the links are good! Thanks to everyone who sent things in, we love hearing and reading about what you are up to.


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Eight things that can (will always?) go wrong as orgs go down a systems change path.

“We need to understand and “dance” with the system as well as getting things done with timelines, milestones and projects. Putting all efforts and resources into the transformation alone, would result in navigating into chaos.” That’s from the playbook for system innovation.

"I’ve spent the last 20 years telling people how to fix problems faster. But the reality I encountered taught me something else entirely. The quickest way to really change the world is to slow down and listen". Sascha on going slow.

A handy graphic to show the evolution of innovative thinking. Thanks Ingrid.

“By abandoning the pretence of infallibility, governments then boost their capacity to engage in effective long-term problem-solving.” Demos expand on the concept of humble government.

Democracy “requires constant renewal and care. Thus, designing becomes a way to care, together, for our collective future.” Carl DiSalvo has a new book.

Share your ideas for how to help nurture better health and wellbeing of people in the Western Pacific Region, sign up for WHO’s innovation challenge. 31 Oct deadline. Thanks Mengji!

Design is evolving and new design job roles are appearing, but are not ‘officially’ recognised. If you’re a designer, tell them about yours. Thanks Cat.

OECD are hosting Government beyond recovery on equipping the public sector with the skills for the future. 18 - 19 October. 


“If you are looking for an opportunity to coach and guide organisations in their adaptive journey we are looking for you”. Brink are hiring for organisational adaptation coach and advisor roles.

In South Australia working with Brenton, three director roles: Economic Strategy, Strategic Foresight and Policy Lab.

RNID – ​​the UK’s largest charity making life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus – looking for a product manager, an agile delivery manager, an interaction designer and a product and delivery lead.

Sometimes when people sell mirrors online, they can't figure out how to get out of the way for the photo. My favourite. Second favourite.

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