Outlining A Field Manual for Radical Systems Change

By Nancy Glock-Grueneich
originally posted in 2017 at higheredge.co

Shaping the Systems That Shape Us

How systems affect everything that matters. How the systems we have work for us. And also against us. How people world round are showing how to solve our biggest problems by changing the systems that affect us all. Strategies we’ve been learning from these successes. How we can use these strategies to open whole new possibilities for our lives, our kids, our communities and our world.

Growing Movements, Connecting Campaigns

Movements change people. They shift beliefs, refocus goals, open up new spaces, inspire intense action and bring to light new opportunities. Campaigns are the cutting edge of movements, with specific goals and strategies, timelines, benchmarks, revisions, recognizable setbacks, clear victories—full or partial, intended or surprising—and celebrations.

Put Yourself on the Map

See your own gifts, resources, position and passions for what they are and where they can make needed contributions to solving immediate problems and helping leverage bigger systems change. “Find your tribe”. And venture across the bridge to know and work with other tribes as well.

Would you like to share your own aspirations, experiences, questions, or observations on what change is needed or how to make it happen?

The Future We Need TV

The Future We Need television series is a delightful, practical and thoughtful examination of the tools and mindsets that can help us to co-create a livable future. Nancy in episode 2 of The Future We Need TVDr. Nancy Glock-Grueneich examines how we can Change the StoryChange Our WaysMove the MoneyChange the RulesChange the Politics and Change the Game in a conversational and engaging series of well-researched videos. Video clips and stories provide illustrative examples of actions from around the world, whether at the scale of living room conversations, to Community Choice Energy, to global movements for divestmentfree online educationparticipatory budgeting or wise democracy.


These online videos can be a wonderful catalyst for conversations about what you can do as a change agent to promote a world where all can thrive.

Local Strategic Action Circles

Local Strategic Action Circles met in Dayton, Ohio and Santa Cruz, California to watch the videos and discuss how their ideas could contribute to local action.
If you’re thinking of starting your own Local Strategic Action Circle, the Citizen Action Field Manual provides outlines, discussion questions and additional resources to support learning, conversations and activism. With these tools, you can begin to cultivate an active community of change agents around many of these ideas and strategies.