Session 16: The ABLe Change Process (Demonstration)

11:00 AM - 12:10 PM | Room 106

The ABLe Change Process: A Participatory Systemic Action Learning Process

Pennie Foster-Fishman and Erin Watson
Michigan State University

A growing body of evidence suggests many efforts aiming to address complex community problems like poverty and health inequities often fail to achieve what they promised. Change agents can play a key role in promoting community capacity to address this complexity by engaging diverse stakeholders in processes to identify, understand, and tackle the patterns and dynamics generating and sustaining these wicked problems. This session demonstrates the ABLe Change framework, a participatory systemic action learning process that bridges soft-system methodologies and system dynamics approaches to focus change efforts on the content and process of complex systems change.