GoodLives GM captures and shares learning that is useful to people and places shifting barriers to reduce inequalities.

 

Why system learning?

Greater Manchester is home to brilliant community-led innovation like Elephant’s TrailLiving WellGM Moving and Healthy Hyde. We have been learning with and from their leaders about what it takes for powerful work like this to flourish. We also learned a huge amount from Greater Manchester’s emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Changing Futures programme.

Our learning so far is captured in the GoodLives GM Compass. The Compass points the way towards the new systems we need to nurture community-led innovation. The Compass is grown out of years of learning about social innovation and system change in Greater Manchester. It is supported by theory and evidence from leading systems thinkers in the UK and around the world.

The Compass provides starting points for turning system barriers into system enablers. It is our principal source of evidence and inspiration informing System Leadership Development, Movement Building and Programme Design in GoodLives GM.

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Redefined PurposeSystem LeadershipCollective AccountabilityShared PowerCommunity CapabilityMission-based Teams
Reframed challengeEmbraces uncertainty and complexityParticipative / representative / democratic governanceSelf identification for individuals and communitiesCodesign and co-productionRole descriptions that focus on people and places (not services)
Widely publicised case for change and missionFuture and learning focusedModels for risk sharing across organisations and sectors and with communitiesCommunity ownership; community wealth buildingTrauma informed and restorative practiceAdoption of relational / human centred approaches
Disruptive narrativeEmphasises soft power over hierarchy / command and controlNew outcome measures and metrics; measuring what mattersCreative use of digital technology with an emphasis on equity of accessApproaches to positive risk managementCross-sector roles and teams; colocation
Explicit and intentional about shifting systemsValues / mission-led individuals and teamsRadically reduced bureaucracyData and information sharing; making data usableAsset / strength based approachesWell supported (development, resources) volunteering and peer-peer roles
Emergence as a strategyDistributed and collaborative models; multiple organisations / sectorsTransparency in decision makingNew models of finance and investment vehiclesAlternatives to servicesMultiple routes into employment
Alignment of mission and approaches; 'being the change'Adaptive leadershipMultiple opportunities for community engagement and feedback and access to evaluation findingsNew models of commissioningPrevention and / or recovery focusFlexible and hybrid working

What is GoodLives GM doing to support system learning?

We are capturing stories of real work to bring the Compass to life.

These help us to connect and share insights and ideas for shifting barriers and reducing inequalities to strengthen existing work and to grow new community-led innovation in GM.

System
Leadership
Development

System
Leadership
Development

Goodlives GM supports leaders working to tackle inequalities to name and shift system barriers.

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Movement
Building

Movement
Building

GoodLives GM connects people and places where brilliant work to tackle inequalities is happening

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Programme
Design

Programme
Design

GoodLives GM connects people and places where brilliant work to tackle inequalities is happening

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How can I share a story?

Fill out the form below to share a story about a community-led innovation you’re involved in.