"We cannot postpone the design of a shared vision of our planetary future. And that cannot happen without dismantling the colonial structures of our present... We cannot lose sight of the structural transformations that are required." 

Renata Avila & Andrés Arauz

We cannot incrementally tweak our way into a future that is equitable and just. Transformational change is needed. One of the ways we can envision these transformations is through decolonized futures practices - ways of envisioning the future (and its relationship to the past and present) that help us let go of Western ways of knowing. 

Interested in learning more? This page on decolonized futures curates a set of resources from leading practitioners, offering you an entry point into a bold new way of understanding and envisioning the future.


"If there is one thing history teaches us, it is that moments of shock are profoundly volatile. We either lose a whole lot of ground … or we win progressive victories that seemed impossible a few weeks ago. This is no time to lose our nerve. The future will be determined by whoever is willing to fight harder for the ideas they have lying around." 

Naomi Klein, Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker

This Journey Map template and instructions offer you a straight forward process of mapping from your past priorities through the COVID crisis moment to the immediate and transformed future. You'll also find strategic planning questions to guide you as you move from crisis response to transforming systems that are ripe and ready for positive disruptions. 

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Practical Templates for Emergent & Adaptive Work

Engaging in emergent and adaptive strategy is simply hard. It requires different tools than many of us have been trained to deploy, different ways of thinking, and different ways of engaging with others. Let's make it a little bit easier with a few editable, easy to use templates related to a few of PolicySolve's favorite processes to use in emergent settings:

Other Systems Change Resources

(NEW) Strategy Resilience: Getting Wise about Philanthropic Strategy in a Post-Pandemic World

A summary of a new theory about what a resilient philanthropic strategy looks like amid disruptions, including how to intentionally manage and distribute power, utilize the power of networks, and maintain attention to systems change. Co-authored with Clare Nolan (Engage R&D) and Peter Waring (Ridgeway Information).

When Collective Impact Has an Impact

A rigorous study co-authored with Sarah Stachowiak  to understand when and how collective impact contributes to systems and population change.

Finding the Impact: Methods for Assessing the Contribution of Collective Impact to Systems and Population Change in a Multi‐Site Study

An exploration of the methods and evaluative approaches that help to understand impact in complex, dynamic systems change settings. Coauthored with Sarah Stachowiak and Terri Akey.

When Backbone Organizations Become the Funder: The Use of Fiscal Intermediaries in the Context of Collective Impact

An exploration of the complexities of backbones taking on the role of distributing funds within a collective impact initiative, including recommendations for strengthening the practice when both roles occur together. Coauthored with Kristen Breckinridge, Ashley Denault, and Chris Marvin.

Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies

A set of tools to help foundations design adaptive strategies and ideas for balancing accountability for achieving goals with adaptability throughout the course of an initiative, co-authored with Erica Snow and Tanya Beer. 

Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields

An evaluation framework explores emerging ideas and methods for assessing advocacy fields and evaluating advocacy field-building initiatives.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating the Space and Support for Real-Time Strategic Learning

An exploration of how to integrate strategic learning into a grant strategy, including supporting learning coaches for 14 of their grantees, co-authored with Phillip Chung, Scott Downes, and Rebecca Kahn.