Developing-Leaders-issue-33-Autumn-2019

38 | Developing Leaders Issue 33: 2019 Viewpoint The veteran scholar of evaluation Michael Quinn Patton puts it well when he observes that future-facing innovations that ‘succeed’ have usually found some protected space outside the dominant system where they can be assessed on their own terms, while those that fail have usually been judged by mainstream standards and found wanting. In either case, Patton points out, we must draw the same conclusion: projects do not change systems. This confirms my own experience. It is patterns that change systems – because patterns are systems. Transformative innovation at scale is ultimately about moving from project to pattern. It is a distinctive practice and an essential one. In today’s powerful times I am encouraged to see more and more organizations starting to take it seriously. Graham Leicester is Director of International Futures Forum. IFF works with governments, communities, businesses, foundations and others to support a transformative response in powerful times. You can learn more about its distinctive approach and practical resources at www.iffpraxis.com .   Contact:    graham@ internationalfuturesforum.com Transformative Innovation Transformative innovation at scale is ultimately about moving from project to pattern. It is a distinctive practice and an essential one

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