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How do we put these fine words into action? An overview of whole systems development

Margaret Attwood, Mike Pedler, Sue Pritchard and David Wilkinson

in Leading change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344496
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.003.0002
How do we put these fine words into action? An overview of whole systems development

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Whole systems development is a set of propositions, tools, and practices that aims to engage all the people in the system in designing and implementing change. Sustainable change, in contrast to that which is temporary and superficial, is only brought about by involving all those who are part of the problem in creating and implementing the solutions. This chapter outlines the practice of whole systems development at the three levels of philosophy, operating principles, and processes; emphasises the importance of a pragmatic approach to change, action, and learning; develops some principles for the whole systems way of working; and explains how these are underpinned by five working processes, termed the Five Keys of whole systems development.

Keywords: whole systems development; sustainable change; pragmatic approach; Five Keys; philosophy

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Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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