Valuing difference and diversity: getting the whole system into the room

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:
Valuing difference and diversity: getting the whole system into the room

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Many are seeing a societal learning curve where people are moving from a tendency to rely on experts to solve problems or to improve whole systems to individuals themselves wanting more control over issues that critically affect their lives. They can start to align their own actions with those of colleagues or fellow citizens to bring this into being. This chapter explores how the difference and diversity within the whole system can be utilised to the benefit of all stakeholders; addresses how the whole system can come ‘into the room together’ to work on complex issues such as partnerships between organisations, ways of improving education or healthcare or dealing with urban poverty; and discusses ways of ensuring that the voices of disadvantaged groups on the margin of society are heard, if not directly at least indirectly, in whole systems development.

Keywords: societal learning; whole systems development; stakeholders; partnerships; disadvantaged groups

Chapter.  6851 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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