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Government and Policy

Systems Change Designed To Tackle Tough Problems

In the pillar of Our Community, Forward Wayne County is focused on Systems Change through our Government and Policy Committee. Long-term systemic change requires a deep understanding of how to influence policy and move resources appropriately.  Our committee will do the hard and complex work of systems change that will pave the way for a vibrant economy and promote prosperity.

A key component of Forward Wayne County’s success is enacting this framework to create long-term change.  Systems change, or sometimes referred to as systems thinking, is about addressing deep-rooted and wickedly-complex problems in society. The idea is to bring about a positive social impact. Any complex social problem is tangled in a system – and by changing the system we can solve these complex problems.

These complex social challenges include gender inequality, poverty, inequity, and more. Forward Wayne County’s strategy of tackling the human capital and quality of place is rooted in doing systems change work. This framework includes partnering with charities, funders, and practitioners who are ready to tackle social problems.

There are two components; one is structural change and the other is transformative change. Our Government and Policy Coalition will serve to make the structural changes within policies, practices, and resource flows that – when redirected – can make significant progress in improving the lives of every Wayne County Resident.

Systems Change

Systems Change

Ideas To Implementation

This level of change requires more than a theory, it takes a plan that includes people, partners, and a platform.  Our Strategy is our guide and our plan involves working closely with our partner organizations and the people in our committees to bring this work to reality.  Follow us along in our journey by subscribing to the monthly newsletter.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

– John F. Kennedy