Participatory Systems Change: A Primer

These documents collectively introduce and delve into the concept of Participatory Systems Change, a novel approach born out of ideas generated at the October 2016 Citizen Involvement and Systems Change Retreat in Whistler, Canada.

The core theme revolves around addressing contemporary challenges by engaging diverse public audiences and navigating complex institutional systems. Recognizing the limitations of governmental efforts, the imperative is a systems-based approach that integrates citizen values, identifies strategic intervention points, and fosters collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Participatory Systems Change stands out as an innovative methodology, reshaping crucial aspects of engagement and communication to enable a more inclusive and collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Published by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, the primer is offered under the Creative Commons License, enabling free sharing and reprinting for non-profit purposes.

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