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Leading changeA guide to whole systems working$
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Margaret Attwood

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.001.0001

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

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

(p.95) Six Valuing difference and diversity: getting the whole system into the room
Leading change

Margaret Attwood

Mike Pedler

Sue Pritchard

David Wilkinson

Policy Press

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

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