LEAD STAFF, SDG TRANSFORMATIONS FORUM, cROWDDOING PARTNER
Responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges and realizing its unsurpassed opportunities require fundamental change – transformation – in our mental models, ways of developing and using technology, structures and institutions, cultures and values, and relationship with the natural environment. The SDG Transformation Forum, is growing systems of people, organizations, and locales, that is developing transformations systems as a critical innovative infrastructure to accelerate this scale of change for a flourishing, inclusive and just planet.
As Lead Staff, Steve Wadell connects diverse groups to take collaborative action and evolve strategic directions in the context of great challenges of paradox, complexity and scale. This follows Steve’s work over 35 years as a consultant, community organizer, educator, research, and collaborative leader to advance knowledge and practice around new organizing forms. He has worked with others as clients, funders, and project partners, including the Global Knowledge Partnership, the UN Global Compact, World Bank, Global Reporting Initiative, Ford Foundation, Humanity United, Civicus, International Youth Foundation, USAID, International Development and Research Centre, Forest Stewardship Council, and Future Earth.
Three key concepts are associated with Steve’s work on transformations: “societal learning and change,” which is a deep collaborative change strategy to address chronic and complex issues; “global action networks”, which is an emerging form of global governance for deep change; and “large systems change” involving individual orientations, organizational structures and societal institutions.
Dozens of publications include the books Societal Learning and Change: Innovation with Multi-Stakeholder Strategies (2005); Global Action Networks: Creating our future together (2011); and Change for the Audacious: a doers’ guide to large systems change for a flourishing future (2016). Steve has a Ph.D. in sociology and an MBA. He a Canadian American living in Boston with his husband.