Systems Changers are people who have direct experience of working in front line services, who can see the ways in which the system that they are working in needs to change so it can work better for the people it’s trying to serve.
It might feel hard to know how your insights and experience could influence wider change but we hope the Systems Changers programme would help you to do that. All participants will finish the course with a much broader understanding of the system in which they operate and will have the tools and networks to start to realise change.
This year we are focussed on the South East of England and are on the look out for individuals working directly with people facing severe and multiple disadvantage, across a range of sectors: voluntary and statutory, who are:
Asking the difficult questionsHungry to learnWant to see the bigger pictureGood at constructive challengesPassionate
We are keen to have participants who are drawn from or working with diverse communities and those who are interested in the role of discrimination within systems.
Deadline for applications is May 31st. Interviews will take place from the 14th - 16th June.People will be notified whether they have a place on the programme on 20th June and the first residential will take place on 4th - 6th July. (If you are fasting or celebrating Eid in July, please do get in touch with us and we will be able to work around your plans.)
Your organisation will need to be committed to you taking part and to learning with you along the way. Your manager or CEO will need to fill in an application form alongside yours, you can find this at http://bit.ly/21smXdx
What is involved in Systems Changers?
From July – December 2016, you would spend 3-4 days a month on the programme, exploring the systems in which you work, and actively sharing knowledge with the cohort as well as your organisation. It will be an opportunity to step back and consider alternative approaches to how the whole system might be re-designed to have a greater positive impact on people facing complex and multiple disadvantage.
The programme will include:
A residential at the start and end Learning days to develop and refine your skills and give you new tools to useField trips to visit other organisations and meet other practitionersPeer coaching and mentoring supportTalks and interactive sessions with leading experts across policy-making, service design including ethnography and systems mapping, procurement and funding, power and influencing, storytelling, and technology.Opportunities for organisational learning and involvement
We've designed the programme to give the participants:
A space to reflect on their experience and insightsWays to develop new skills and methods to have more impactOpportunity to meet others who are also working on the frontline and to think about ways to influence the wider systemOne to one coaching to support your developmentWays of including your organisation and colleagues in the programme
To reimburse participants’ organisations for the time they spend on the programme a £3,000 payment can be made direct or in kind to the wider team and organisation. We hope that there will also be broader benefits to organisations from participants involvement in Systems Changers.
This newspaper was created by last year's Systems Changers - https://issuu.com/thepointpeople/docs/systems_changer_newspaper.final