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Accidental Systems Change

By Tim Schwantes on October 28th, 2015

Policy, systems and environmental change (or PSE change for short) is a phrase we talk about a lot in our work with communities. If we’re introducing the concept for the first time, people quickly understand policy change (e.g., ordinances, codes, employee handbooks) and environmental change (e.g., green space, sidewalks, community gardens), but systems change often […]

Partnership is the Heart of Systems Change

By Joanne Lee on October 21st, 2015

The term “systems change” can raise impersonal and institutional connotations, particularly when used within the context of models and theories. Through Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s work and experience in supporting healthy community change over the years, we know that people and relationships are at the heart of impactful change and provide necessary translation and […]

A Legacy of Joyful Work

By Risa Wilkerson on October 14th, 2015

It’s truly an honor to be the new executive director of Active Living By Design (ALBD), especially as I reflect on my early years of healthy communities work and how that work has evolved since then. One midnight on New Year’s Eve in Michigan, I stood at the starting line of a 5k. And no, […]

“I don’t know” is a good place to start

By Rich Bell on October 9th, 2015

The most important thing I know about systems change is that I don’t. I don’t know. The fields of public health, health care and the many other disciplines that influence social determinants of health are full of brilliant, hardworking, big-hearted professionals who gather and share loads of knowledge about the theory and practice of systems […]