The promises of innovation, creativity, and design are the promises of change. But how can you know if the promises are real? What does it mean to “get good at change”? In this workshop, we will critically examine theories and practices for purposeful change. We will pay particular attention to relationships between personal and social change, models and methods for evaluating the success of social innovations, and the development of a shared workbook for systemic thinking and practice. There will several readings required to be completed prior to the weekend workshop. Participants must be willing to share experiences and support each other in exploring socially controversial and personally challenging issues. Together, we will consider what it means to be effective. This class is offered pass/fail, with no separate narrative evaluation.
Howard Silverman teaches applied systems thinking in the Collaborative Design MFA program at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. For 12 years he was with Portland-based nonprofit Ecotrust, working on food, fisheries, forestry, green building, regenerative finance, and climate initiatives. He is a partner in Pattern Labs, writes at Solving for Pattern, and serves on the boards of Mercy Corps Northwest and Recode. http://www.solvingforpattern.org/