Now that you’ve committed to learning and humility, it’s important to understand how trust can lead you through every step of grantmaking and help you navigate the complexities of systems thinking. With trust as a compass, you can work towards true systemic change, instead of a superficial — and possibly just ego-flattering — understanding of success.
Systems thinking can help optimize for real, lasting change. Systems thinking is a great tool for understanding any challenge. It addresses the bigger “why” when approaching a problem. Systems thinking recognizes that every issue is complex, dynamic, and bound up with many other factors. In short, quick fixes just aren’t gonna cut it. Radical, structural change is long-term and interconnected.