There is a growing wealth of tools available for getting change happening in human systems. They come from a range of fields from education to linguistics.
If you’re serious about sustainability, then you know that the real work isn’t in the technology – it’s in changing human systems.
Some great tools that I keep coming back to are:
- The fundamental conversation sequences and skills supporting innovation adoption of the Generative Innovation model explored in The Innovator’s Way.
- Crafting more effective messages by using the 4MAT framework for human learning to meet different information needs.
- Understanding core human motivations and needs using the frame work of Myers-Briggs temperament types.
- The “how of the how” of using language effectively to share new possibilities and get thing done delivered by Ontological Coaching.
- Understanding the emotional barriers to change outlined in Martin Seligman’s work on learned helplessness.
- The way new practices transfer into communities through Innovation Diffusion.
- How human biology can support or limit change-making, beautifully explained in Greg Berns’ great e book Iconoclast.
- Practicing the emerging craft of pull leadership, recently documented in Multipliers (amongst other sources).
- Transferring ideas and understanding better using Gardner’s model of learning intelligences, especially as adapted in the Thought Leaders process for capturing IP.
- Practising entrepreneuring as a process of managed experimentation using hypothesise/test/measure approaches from The Lean Startup.
The main game is changing the human systems that make and deliver the products and services we use – we have all the inventions we need.
What are the tools that you use to add craft and science to your change-making processes?