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Systems Change & Deep Equity: Pathways Toward Sustainable Impact, Beyond "Eureka!." Unawareness & Unwitting Harm, An Interview with Sheryl Petty and Mark Leach

“Systems Change pursued without Deep Equity is, in our experience, dangerous and can cause harm, and in fact leaves some of the critical elements of systems unchanged. And ‘equity’ pursued without ‘Systems Change’ is not comprehensive at the level of effectiveness currently needed.”

Sheryl Petty

Transformative change towards love, dignity, and justice requires deeply embedding equity into all systems change efforts.

And yet, there are many ways a deep equity perspective has not been integrated into the systems change field and as a result, many systems change efforts have caused harm. We have learned in our work that systems change without equity is not systems change. 

This monograph by Sheryl Petty, Movement Tapestries, and Mark Leach, Change Elemental, illuminates essential dimensions of approaches to Systems Change, which are intimately connected with Deep Equity. It also offers ideas about how to bring racial — and other intersecting aspects of equity — more deeply and centrally into your systems change work. The combination of the systems change and deep equity fields is critical work for the next phase of our human evolution, to become the societies we hope for in our deepest hearts.

We hope you will join us on our shared journey toward greater love, healing, and systems transformation.

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