Title: KCFFI Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking May 78, 2008
1 KCFFI Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking May 7-8 2008 2 Core Theory of Success
Responsible leaders should ask themselves What good theories do we have that provide practical guidance for ensuring our organizations future success The more clearly you can articulate your organizations theories about what leads to success the more deliberate you can be about investing in the elements that are critical to that success.
One such core theory would be based on the premise that as the quality of the relationships among people who work together increases (high team spirit mutual respect and trust) the quality of collective thinking improves (people consider more facets of an issue and share a greater number of different perspectives). When the level of thinking is heightened the quality of actions is likely to improve (better planning greater coordination and higher commitment). In turn the quality of results increases as well. Achieving high quality results as a team generally has a positive affect on the quality of relationships creating a virtuous cycle of better and better results.
The most important point about this kind of systemic theory is that the success is not derived from anyone of individual variables that make up the loop but rather from the loop itself. Thisforces us to pay attention to how all the variables are doing and how each is affecting the others in the loop
-Daniel Kim (2001). Organizing for Learning
3 Core Theory of Success S QUALITY OF RELATIONSHIPS S QUALITY OF COLLECTIVE THINKING R QUALITY OF RESULTS S QUALITY OF ACTIONS S 4 Hierarchy of Choices OTHER CHOICES TERTIARY CHOICES SECONDARY CHOICES PRIMARY CHOICE FUNDAMENTAL CHOICE Kim Daniel H. (2002). Foresight as the Central Ethic of Leadership 5 KCFFI Core Values Statements
KCFFI is committed to seeking out and implementing the most innovative creative ideas to expand what is possible and make our vision reality.
The Food Fitness Initiative will incorporate and inspire people to have fun because we believe its a natural way to bring families and communities together through meals recreation celebrations music art and play. Fun is an essential path to health and well-being.
Social Justice Everyone has the right to wellness health opportunities power and choices.
KCFFI is committed to structuring our work so that youth participate meaningfully effectively. Creating opportunity for growth through shared learning and support. Generating interest and participation by meeting young people where they are.
Community Driven Create a transparent and meaningful decision making process. That directly involves our diverse community.
We are a diverse and inclusive collaborative that encourages and embraces all ideas communities and people.
6 Whats Right with King County
Access to parks and natural spaces
Positive policy regarding food and built environment and transportation
Were all here!
Lots of food distribution alternatives.
Interest and commitment to promoting equity
Diversity of experiences people resources places
School food service director interested in improvement
Many groups forming spontaneously around food systems
Total openness to change
Success of Green Fest
Strong systems connection to nature
Great transportation system
Legacy and history of environmentalism
Value history of native people
Legacy/history of a progressive culture
Lots of university resources (research)
Financial wealth concentration
7 KCFFI Vision from greater collaborative (page 1 or 2)
Walkable communities where people can walk to school groceries etc.
Community schools where people can come together
Social time available when we have the two items above
Familiarity safety affordability
Local grocery stores give residents power (talk about whats there/not)
Networks of trust-know who lives near you
Know who represents you
Celebrate build culture of sharing food (what did they leave behind What do they miss
Harvest locally grown food
People working/living across ethnic and other differences
Finding reasons and excuses to celebrate
Shared open spaces
Eyes on the street (watch others kids)
8 KCFFI Vision from greater collaborative (page 2 or 2)
Intergenerational actions around food arts service connected across generations cooking together skill sharing role recognition increased understanding among groups
Time to enjoy food with others
Eating cooking with others
Farm to table representation
Making farming viable and easier
Policy and systems pieces to make farming viable and enjoyable (healthy for people and environment
Wednesday night youth trail walking/running (for example)
More space/encouragement for informal activities and play
Encouraging change in thought (active spectators)
Economy/structure of communities with upcoming fuel changes/impact food systems structured around local foods (livable waydense population)
9 Concepts from LC based on greater collaborative (page 1 of 2)
Accessible resources and information and services
People on the sidewalk in public spaces and out of the streets
Neighborhood classes teaching community members of all kinds about cooking farming nutrition and the food system. (maybe at community kitchens)
Innovative ways to provide access to local food (E.g the grocery store bus)
Safe inviting opens spaces (walking trails parks festivals/events)
Farmers are able to make a decent living growing food
All suitable King County farmland is in production and growing affordable food for our communities.
Walkable neighborhoods where people meet and interact with people in their communities when walking/biking for groceries school restaurants libraries etc.
Familiarity safety and affordability (spurring civic participation)
Active participation in sports (kids involved)
Access and training in regards to health foods grown locally or at home
Celebrate/ build cultures of sharing food and integrated nutrition programs
Engaged youth and creation of space for meaningful youth engagement
There is time built into all our lives for physical activity cooking eating (not on the run)
Safe natural spaces in the city for unstructured play and active exploration.
Making available to the community events activities physical environments and other resources to facilitate and encourage people taking steps to improve their health.
Walkable healthy local groceries parks art fun
Support changes that create time to enjoy food and fun with others.
10 KCFFI Vision from LC (page 2 of 2)
Connected over food and gardening or other activities (physical activities)
Community ownership over initiative
Safe and friendly streets
Destinations that are community oriented linked by safe corridors
Physical economic structure in our communities model solutions to big economic environmental resources challenges facing us into the future.
Strong connections between vital and vibrant rural communitieswhere food is grownand urban/suburban communities.
Affordable prices and access to fresh food as a social justice issue.
Food gardens abound
Schools offer all students healthy foods and PE everyday.
People have equitable access and interest in healthy food and physical activity no matter their color language shape or size.
Sustainable economic development in all areas of food supply and production to create neighborhood jobs to grow local jobs.
Organized recreational and nutritional activities for all ages a physically active community.
Partnering with community organizations to integrate programs and provide resources
Organized youth leagues healthy snacks
Organized senior activities
Organized park/trail activities
11 Mental Models (1 of 2)
Food Food purchasers and consumers believe that local healthy food impacts their health benefits the local economy and is more valuable therefore they are willing to commit more of their resources to find and use local healthy food
Built Environment Families and people of all ages believe daily physical activity is necessary for their health and well-being therefore they will prioritize their time and take advantage of our places and spaces for physical activity and play.
Schools and teachers recognize that healthy food and ample physical activity are crucial to the physical emotional and mental health of children and help create a positive learning environment Therefore they will ensure that fresh local foods and ample opportunities for physical activity and play as well as education recognizing their importance are readily available.
Youth of all cultures believe that they will have a key role in creating and sustaining positive community culture by supporting their belief that eating healthy local foods engaging in daily physical activity is key in creating a long fulfilling life Therefore they will participate in planning activities which promote these beliefs.
We believe that families and community members in White Center already desire healthy and safe activities for people of all ages therefore they will provide input and engage in a decision-making process that will help them prioritize time for these activities.
12 Mental Models (2 of 2)
I Vision Walkable Communities
Walkable communities are essential for climate protection healthy neighborhoods a better transportation system and healthy local economies. Therefore we are willing to fund bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and change policy for transportation and land use to support walkable communities.
II Vision Organized Recreational Activities
I believe organized recreation builds community involvement gives youth a strong tool to succeed in school and after school helps seniors stay active longer and brings cultures together. Therefore we will support funding for programs and continue to provide maintenance and staffing for facilities.
Business are active in community and responsive to community needs and are driven by sustainable and ethical methods. Therefore businesses follow a model that recognizes how business themselves benefit the communitynot just how they benefit from the community (monetarily ).
Community Organizations believe that they are more effective when brainstorming and engaging county stakeholders. Therefore we will grow our network to increase access/awareness/affordability of good food a healthy lifestyle.
Regulatory agencies recognize and promote the connection between health and safety as they relate to our food system and built environment. Therefore the legislation put for by the agencies reflect a whole community health perspective and address social equity.
13 KCFFI Vision Deployment Matrix Increasing Leverage The Vision Deployment Matrix offers a schema for strategically planning how to cross the chasm between current reality and vision by painting a comprehensive picture of the desired future reality and current reality at five levels of perspective. The Vision Deployment Matrix is meant to help everyone in the organization understand the current reality the desired future reality the gaps between the tow and the actions that should be take to close the gaps. 14 Expanded Definitions
Events Specifically identifiable occurrences such as late delivery of an order.
Patterns of Behavior Over Time Trends or changes in things over time.
Systemic Structure Organizational charts information systems policies and procedures and other kinds of infrastructure.
Mental Models Deeply held theories of how the world works.
Vision Essence or image of desired future.
15 1. Possible Desired FutureFor each level of perspective ask questions that clarify your desired future reality. Start with Vision and move down. 16 2. Describe Current Reality Start with Events and move up. 17 3. Identify gaps (or challenges) between desired future and current reality. 18 4. Formulate action steps that would help to close the gaps. 19 5. Establish progress indicators and define appropriate time frames during which to expect progress. 20 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food Fitness Initiative Creating a Community Action Plan The goal of the Food Fitness Initiative is to create vibrant communities that support equitable access to locally grown affordable healthy food and safe and inviting places for physical activity and play. Accomplishing this vision requires a focus on policy and system changes and changes in custom and practice. Each community is responsible for one deliverable at the end of the two-year planning phase A Community Action Plan to achieve its vision for the Food Fitness Initiative.
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