No One is an Island: Foundational Elements for Multi-Sector Transformational Change

Marty Jacobs


Large-scale social change is becoming inevitable in the public and nonprofit sectors, yet the literature and models addressing this need are lacking. To address this gap, the author introduced a model for multi-sector transformational change called the Emerging Systems Transformational Change Model (ESTCM) in 2016. This paper gives an overview of the model and then explores in detail the five critical processes that create the foundation for an effective multi-sector transformational change effort. These processes are developing readiness for change, relationship building, mapping the system, designing social systems, and establishing a reflective practice.


transformational change; dialogue; multi-sector; transformative learning; system mapping; reflective practice; social systems design; change readiness

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