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Join Us for Conversations on Systems-Thinking with Guest Steve Waddell

Informing Change has been expanding our application of large-scale systems change and complex adaptive systems theories to our evaluation and strategy development work, and we’re exploring how these ideas can best be adapted for practitioners and philanthropists. Some of these theories show up in more commonly known “collective impact” or design-innovation projects and their evaluation; others are distinct.

As part of our learning, we’ve invited Steve Waddell to lead a few small conversations about The Potsdam Initiative—a systems transformation framework he is developing for work on the inter-related issues of sustainable energy, health care, climate change and education. We’ll also be discussing whether and how we might build a local learning-and-practice community for individuals interested in large-scale systems change in the Bay Area.

If you’re interested in attending one of these free, invitation-only sessions, please contact Informing Change Research Project Assistant, Isaac Agree, at

Steve Waddell is co-leading the development of a global, multi-stakeholder, collaborative initiative to build capacity to address large systems change challenges at scale (currently referred to as the Potsdam Systems Transformation Initiative). Steve has worked with the UN Global Compact, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Humanity United, and USAID, among many other clients and partners. He is a principal of Networking Action and lead steward for the Ecosystem Labs. He has a PhD in sociology and an MBA. He is author of several articles and Societal Learning and Change: Innovation with Multi-Stakeholder Strategies and Global Action Networks: Creating Our Future Together. He is the lead editor of a special issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship (June 2015) on the topic of large systems change and is working on applying the principles of global action networks to local and regional action networks in the US.

The JOFEE Report: Sharing the Findings

Join Informing Change and Hazon as we explore the key findings and implications from a national study of immersive JOFEE experiences. Informing Change Principal and lead researcher Ellen Irie will share key takeaways, opportunities and challenges, followed by a discussion with institutional leaders on the implications of this research for the field.

The discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. EST at the UJA-Federation of New York and will also be available online and by phone,+1 (213) 493-0605 (Access Code: 926-726-869, Meeting ID: 926-726-869).

Introducing ChangeCraft

We would like to extend ourChange Craft congratulations and best wishes to our collaborators and friends, Yoni Gordis and Beth Glick, as they enter the next chapter of their professional lives as partners of ChangeCraft. Yoni and Beth began work together at ChangeCraft’s predecessor, the Center for Leadership Initiatives, and will continue to serve individuals and organizations as they foment change in the world. As ChangeCraft, they are now more fully able to communicate what they stand for: the craft of change, in which clients grow, stretch and build their impacts.

Happy New Year

New Year CardBest Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 15 years of informing change in 2013 and for all that you do to improve the health and well-being of individuals, communities and the world around us.

The Informing Change Team





Thank You


Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 15 years of informing change! We were honored to share this time with our partners in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities and look forward to the next 15 years of informing change to help accelerate and intensify our clients’ impact.

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Please Join us in Celebrating 15 Years of Informing Change

you are invitedPlease join us in celebrating 15 years of informing change in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities.

Friday, November 1, 2013

3:00-6:00 p.m

2040 Bancroft Way, Suite 400

Berkeley, CA 94704.

If you any questions, please email or call 510.665.6100. Please visit our directions page for more information about public transportation and parking.

BTW has a new name: Informing Change

slide1We are excited to announce that BTW is now Informing Change. Our new name is grounded in the firm’s roots and strategic consulting experience and also reflects the transition from our founders to a second generation of leadership under our current Principal Ellen Irie. Our core values of integrity, intelligence and compassion continue to guide our work.

We consider our collaborative relationships with our clients to be the highlight of our work. We are committed to a shared learning process that ignites passion, integrates thoughtful inquiry and results in meaningful change. During the following weeks we will share insights and tools developed through our experience working with clients at critical inflection points. Through these partnerships, our ultimate goal is to improve people’s lives and contribute to a strong and vibrant community. We look forward to sharing insights and tools developed over our 15-year journey of informing change in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Save the Date

Friday, November 1, 2013 | 3:00-6:00 p.m.

You are invited to an oslide2pen house to honor 15 years of informing change in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This is a time for us to celebrate the work we have done with our partners in the field to build a culture of learning and continuous improvement. Please join us on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at our office in downtown Berkeley, 2040 Bancroft Way, Suite 400, Berkeley, CA 94704.

BTW Attends 6th International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communitie

BTW Senior Associate Nadia Salibi recently attending the 6th International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities sponsored by ACCESS Community Health & Research Center. Local and international attendees, presenters, exhibitors and partners came together to discuss the health inequities—including social, cultural, and economic factors—facing Arab communities. The conference focused on three important themes affecting Arab communities: social determinants of health, genetics and health on chronic disease, and quality health care. The conferences fostered a forum for collective sharing, learning, and open dialogue to improve health among Arab communities locally and abroad.

Leadership for the New Community Clinics Era: Promising Practices, Opportunities and Challenges

2012 CPCA Annual Conference

Since many healthcare organizations are facing an impending leadership gap while dealing with complex changes stemming from healthcare reform, it is imperative that the community clinics field identify the best ways to support its current and future leaders. Given the traditional focus of leadership development on individuals, it is also important to view leadership more broadly in a way that includes team-based and networked approaches, which can more effectively benefit leadership within and across organizations and the clinics field.

During this interactive group session, BTW Director of Evaluation & Organizational Learning Kim Ammann Howard will join Cecilia Echeverria, Program Officer at the Blue Shield of California Foundation; Hermann Spetzler, CEO of Open Door Community Health Centers; and Lauren Hill, Director of Training and Special Projects at Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley to discuss their experiences supporting, participating in and evaluating a variety of leadership development supports. The panel will highlight lessons learned from the Clinic Leadership Institute, which for the past four years has worked to move emerging clinic leaders into executive positions through a variety of activities and learning modalities. The panel will also discuss new leadership support evolving from these efforts including those focused on executive clinic teams and new CEOs and CFOs.

Friday, October 12, 2012
8:00–9:30 a.m.
Burlingame, CA

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