Five Steps to Make Change Happen

We have some important things to do in the next few years – in terms of the economy, society, and climate change. In this blog, our Innovation and Scaling Lead, Jesper Hornberg, outlines steps to make change happen.

Written by: Jesper Hornberg
GRP Areas of work: Innovation

Resilience is about being able to deal with change and continuing to develop. Resilience is not only about focusing on one group or system, but rather the interplay between these groups. It’s about people, communities, ecosystems, and economies. Here are five steps to promote resilience and make change happen.

  1. Love the problem. The first step to create an enabling system for change to happen is to understand the problem. Look at the whole system and the problem from every angle. If you want to change something, you first really need to understand the problem. If you don’t completely understand the problem, the solutions will not fit.

  2. Failure equals opportunity. Look at failures as an opportunity to learn and grow, and be honest about failure. This helps to build trust and creditability with various partners and stakeholders.

  3. Differentiate the content vs. the process. The invention is the great “idea” while innovation is putting the invention in a context where it creates value. The content is important but the process of applying the content is just as important.

  4. Know when to be reactive and when to be reflective. Understand the difference between being reactive and being reflective, and plan accordingly.

  5. People. Understand your role in the process and how you work with others. How can you engage others in the process and who else is leading the change?

To learn more about making change happen, watch the below webinar from Lund’s University’s ‘How To Be A Changemaker’ series.

Featured image: Machu Picchu station, Aguas Calientes, Peru