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Five Criteria of Systemic Change Projects

  1. Long-range social impact: the project helps change the overall life-situation of those who benefit from it.
  2. Sustainability: the project helps create the social structures that are needed for a permanent change in the lives of the poor.
  3. Replicability: the project can be adapted to solve similar problems in other places, in a variety of circumstances.
  4. Scope: the project has spread beyond its initial context and has been used successfully in other settings.
  5. Innovation: the project has brought about significant social change by transforming traditional practice.

An Introduction

Society as a System

When elements that influence the lives of people within a societal system — family, institutions, jobs, housing, food and drink, health care, education, moral values, spiritual development, and more — function together positively, people thrive. If one or several of these elements are lacking, the whole system begins to break down.

Changing Structures – Changing Lives

In works among the poor, our focus must be broader than any one particular problem; we must aim beyond providing food, clothing and shelter to alleviate immediate needs. Systemic change focuses on assisting the poor to change the overall structures within which they live. It looks to their being able to develop strategies by which they can emerge from poverty.

Scripture Passages

Nehemiah 5:1-13, Psalm 12:5, Isaiah 11:4, Psalm 72:13-14, Romans 12:2, Deuteronomy 16:20, Jeremiah 22:16, Ecclesiastes 5:8-9


Source: Maloney

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Definition

The leadership of the many branches of the Vincentian Family have adopted this definition for the entire Family in North America:

Systemic Change among those living in poverty aims beyond providing food, clothing, shelter and alleviating immediate needs. It enables people themselves to engage in the identification of the root causes of their poverty and to create strategies, including advocacy, to change those structures which keep them in poverty. Systemic Change requires transforming attitudes.

Systemic Change Toolkits

The Vincentian Family’s International Commission for Promoting Systemic Change has made available the documents, videos, and PowerPoint presentations used in their Systemic Change Workshops. They are available in English, Español, Portuguese, Français, Polski, Italiano, and Deutsch.

Systemic Change Toolkits

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Order materials for conducting a VinFam systemic change training session Order Form


Concepts of Systemic Change Mini-Course

Learn the key concepts of Systemic Change in an easy-to-follow, visual format. To begin, select a language:

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Tips and Suggestions for Systemic Change Trainers

As a trainer, you don’t have to know everything, but you do have a responsibility to know:

  1. The goal of your training session
  2. Your audience
  3. Your biases
  4. Your resources/ technology

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Quotes

“You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis; you must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty with the aim of a long term improvement.”
–Frederic Ozanam, 19-year-old founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society

The poor sometimes suffer more from lack of “order” than from lack of charitable persons.
–St. Vincent (SV XIII, 423)

“Action on behalf of justice, and participation in the transformation of the world, are integral elements in the preaching of the gospel.”
–Synod of Bishops, 1971, Justice in the World in MS LX III ( 1971) 924



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Related Links

Related Links

Downloadable Documents

Systemic Change Strategies Download Word doc
“Systemic Change and the Poor” presented by Fr. Robert Maloney Download pdf file

Resources tagged "Systemic Change"

Diez principios para facilitar el cambio sistémico

Diez principios para facilitar el cambio sistémico

Fr. Maloney On Systemic Change and Our Vincentian Call to Holiness Today

Fr. Maloney On Systemic Change and Our Vincentian Call to Holiness Today

Systemic Change Toolkits

Systemic Change Toolkits

Prayer for Vincentians about to Engage in Systemic Change

Prayer for Vincentians about to Engage in Systemic Change

The Spirituality of Systemic Change

The Spirituality of Systemic Change

Spiritualité du changement systémique

Spiritualité du changement systémique

Spirituality of Systemic Change (Video / Audio)

Spirituality of Systemic Change (Video / Audio)

Moving Vincentian Spirituality To Action

Moving Vincentian Spirituality To Action

Spirituality of Systemic Change

Spirituality of Systemic Change

The Roots of Ozanam’s Passion for Charity and Justice

The Roots of Ozanam’s Passion for Charity and Justice

Systemic Change, St. Vincent de Paul and Evangelization

Systemic Change, St. Vincent de Paul and Evangelization

Ultimate Change Game

Ultimate Change Game

One Cloth, Many Threads by Sr. Caroljean Willie, SC

One Cloth, Many Threads by Sr. Caroljean Willie, SC

Animated Short Story: Concept of Systemic Change

Animated Short Story: Concept of Systemic Change

Concepts of Systemic Change Mini-Course

Concepts of Systemic Change Mini-Course

Ten Principles to Facilitate Systemic Change

Ten Principles to Facilitate Systemic Change

Seeds of Hope: Stories of Systemic Change

Seeds of Hope: Stories of Systemic Change

Is What We Are Doing Transforming Lives?

Is What We Are Doing Transforming Lives?

Systemic Change Projects (North America)

Systemic Change Projects (North America)

Vincentian Family History With Systemic Change

Vincentian Family History With Systemic Change

Method of Transforming Projects Into Systemic Change

Method of Transforming Projects Into Systemic Change

Systemic Change Approach

Systemic Change Approach

MDGs, Catholic Social Teaching & Strategies

MDGs, Catholic Social Teaching & Strategies

Collaboration Among Branches of the Vincentian Family

Collaboration Among Branches of the Vincentian Family

Zafen – Microfinance for Haiti

Zafen – Microfinance for Haiti

More Systemic Change Resources

More Systemic Change Resources

Systemic Change Strategies (Handout)

Systemic Change Strategies (Handout)

Ten Seeds of Systemic Change

Ten Seeds of Systemic Change

Background and Notion of Systemic Change

Background and Notion of Systemic Change

Tips & Suggestions for Systemic Change Trainers

Tips & Suggestions for Systemic Change Trainers

Systemic Change Comic Books

Systemic Change Comic Books

Changing Systems – Changing Lives: by Caroljean Willie, SC

Changing Systems – Changing Lives: by Caroljean Willie, SC

Systemic Change Resources

Systemic Change Resources

Fr. Pedro Opeka: Social Change in Madagascar

Fr. Pedro Opeka: Social Change in Madagascar

D.R.E.A.M.

D.R.E.A.M.

Going With God’s Flow

Going With God’s Flow

Service vs. Justice

Service vs. Justice

The “See, Judge, Act” Process

The “See, Judge, Act” Process

Celebrating Saint Vincent and Saint Louise with Poor People

Celebrating Saint Vincent and Saint Louise with Poor People

Ocoa Dominican Republic: Systemic Change Example

Ocoa Dominican Republic: Systemic Change Example

The Story of LTHAI

The Story of LTHAI

Let’s Start

Let’s Start

Systemic Change PowerPoint Presentations

Systemic Change PowerPoint Presentations

Jeopardy: Systemic Change Edition

Jeopardy: Systemic Change Edition

Systemic Change Panel Discussion

Systemic Change Panel Discussion

Changing Systems – Changing Lives Presentation with Audio

Changing Systems – Changing Lives Presentation with Audio

Fonkoze Education

Fonkoze Education

Faces of Hope

Faces of Hope

Haiti

Haiti

Vincentian Family Gathering, Detroit 2009

Vincentian Family Gathering, Detroit 2009

Vincentian Family Gathering – Detroit, April 2009: Reflections

Vincentian Family Gathering – Detroit, April 2009: Reflections

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