Systemic change comes from introducing and experimenting with novel ideas that have the potential to improve the system. Over time, novel ideas become proven ideas that can scale and be adapted in other settings.
We would have already solved the complex problems facing our communities if the ways of thinking and partnering that we’ve always done were enough. To find truly new solutions, not just compilations of what has happened in the past, you need new ways of thinking. You also need new ways of supporting innovation and learning from it. Most innovative ideas are not ready for prime time right away. They need to be piloted and improved before they are ready to be scaled. This can be a critical backbone function.