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Our problems are systemic yet our approaches and solutions are not
Current leadership models and organizational structures that are widely used today were forged during the industrial revolutionin the early 1800s. While the technological revolutions of the last centuries brought us here, we have now entered an era markedby rapid change, extreme complexity, and fragile futures. In this new world, we face a new class of challenge that demands newapproaches in order to craft a future that is more resilient and desirable than the one we are currently heading towards. The 21stCentury is an entirely new regime that demands retooling our thinking, and redesigning our organizational models. We are inthe “Systems Regime”, where our current approaches constitute a risk.
The Nexus: a platform for identifying massive opportunities in disguise
The purpose of the Nexus is to bring together an international community of leaders from diverse organizations to co-create pathways and shape system change initiatives for addressing the challenges of a new era. The Nexus leverages the power of advanced methodologies, tools, technologies, and institutional platforms to open up new opportunity spaces to maximize both economic and socio-environmental impact. The ability to craft systems of the future, especially if they can address complexity, scale, urgency, and genuine needs, represent massive latent markets and opportunities for impact. Currently these opportunities are masked by conventional thinking.
With the right organizational culture, leadership, strategic use of technology, and advanced innovation approaches, we can activate latent markets and shape new futures.
The dynamics that characterize the 21st Century are fundamentally different to those of the past. We need to design platforms that set us onto trajectories towards longterm global resilience. For this, we need platforms that address the scale and complexity of current and emerging challenges.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a set of inter-related systems challenges that our current capacities are ill equipped to meet. With global engagement across sectors, the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs provide a powerful unified global framework for achieving long term global resilience.
New technological paradigms have emerged with the promise to fundamentally reframe our institutions and ways of life. The emerging technological paradigms of this 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) carry both great promise and great threat, and require a systems perspective to effectively leverage and control them.
Organizational structures of the 21st Century need to foster cultures and allow innovation to take place at scale. The types of organizational structures that can catalyze large scale system transformation or platform based initiatives require new models of organizational ecosystems.
Our workshops are multi-stakeholder ,intense, facilitated experiences where participants leverage their collective insights to strategize at the system level.
Leverage top student talent and introduce challenges into Stanford ChangeLabs’s annual Large-scale System Transformation class offered through the Stanford d.school.
Join the Nexus community and other specially invited experts to shape initiatives and action pathways for transformational change.
Send participants to Stanford to take part in the System Transformation MasterclassSeries to learn about the fundamental principles, processes, theories, and key mindsets necessary to embark on transformational change.
Connect with Stanford faculty, institutes, programs, and students through our events, activities, and programs.
You may have the opportunity to send Visiting Scholars and Researchers to Stanford to conduct self driven research to further the combined goals of your organization and the Nexus.