Systems Change – In Quotations

“Many different systems develop gradually and then enter a period of rapid change and eventually emerge in a new state of quasi-stability. We can track change from the states of take-off to acceleration and stabilization” – Paul Raskin
“We live in a time of disruption, where something is ending and dying and something else is wanting to born” – Otto Scharmer
“Old systems have been broken down, everything has become much more dynamic” -World Economic Forum
“Never in human history has the present been so temporary” – Gerd Leonhard
“No matter how flexible your organization is, the storm is on the horizon and you need to act now” – Deloitte Consulting
“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence. It is to act with yesterday’s logic” – Peter F. Drucker
“We need to manage complexity differently, we need to manage the complexity of all these problems at a planet-scale rather than trying to escape the complexity” – James Greyson
“When we talk about ‘changing the system,’ we mean going beyond work on all those pressing individual problems to also tackle the bigger conundrum of figuring out how all our institutional structures and the self-reinforcing deep patterns in our economic and political system work together to produce them, and then figuring out how we can begin to move to alter these underlying systemic drivers” – Bill Drayton Ashoka
“Systems change is about addressing the root causes of social problems, which are often intractable and embedded in networks of cause and effect. It is an intentional process designed to fundamentally alter the components and structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way.” – London Funders
“If the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight” – Jack Welch
“If we insist that the new world be like the old world, we are going to get it wrong… what it means to see in a revolutionary time is to have a blank slate, is to understand that almost anything new could be possible” – Seth Godin
“Innovate and adapt or manage the decay, business as usual is no longer possible” – Unknown