IDEAS TO ACTION FIELD GUIDE

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

This field guide presents seven pathways designed to help teams on their journeys of learning and transformation.

Each pathway is goal-oriented, packed with tools to help you and your team. To dive in, select the pathway that matches your goal and choose a concept. You can also use the search bar or reach out to us at research@upwithcommunity.org.

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

UWC Resources

Overview

A problem is a sign of what is blocking our impact or progress—it is the symptom. An issue is the underlying cause of one or more problems that we can directly address. We must take time to fully understand our problems and issues, and the root causes of both in order to choose the most strategic focus for our learning.

Overview

Teams often begin change projects before they have clarified language, aligned their intent, and determined how a change project will connect to their larger strategic goals. Spending more time clarifying frameworks, developing personal and professional commitment to change, as well as better understanding the outcomes of the project will set a stronger foundation for success.

Overview

Major strategic initiatives need the solid foundation of a healthy organization to flourish. This includes effective internal communications, focused decision-making, useful performance evaluation, life-giving management, and conflict resolution.

Overview

Breaking the status quo and opening up new possibilities for equity and freedom in our work requires innovative experiments. Teams must ensure that all members have the ability to act on the vision and goals they are co-creating.

Overview

Our minds cannot move toward racial justice, equity or transformation if our bodies are not prepared for change. This pathway offers those preparations that we have found most beneficial to adult learning.

Design thinking

blog

How to Transform your Team in 5 Days

Consider this solution for impactful strategic planning and management within organizations.

Mark Kuznicki
Tools & Resources

Innovators' Compass

This tool helps people move forward in any challenge, big or small—in one usable, shareable picture.

Innovators' Compass
blog

Design for Worldview: A New Way to Teach Design Thinking

Change your worldview vis-à-vis design thinking and unconscious bias education. Then create and iterate in the wake of that paradigm shift.

Emi Kolawole
Tools & Resources

About Design Thinking

This program offers a review of design thinking concepts and several resources related to design thinking.

Gould Academy
Curriculum

u.lab: Leading from the Emerging Future

This is a course for leading disruptive change in the context of business, government, and civil society worldwide.

edX
Book

Creative Confidence

Tap into your creative potential in work and personal life, innovate in your approaches and problem solving, and work toward becoming more productive and successful in your life and career.

David Kelley, Tom Kelley
Book

101 Design Methods: A Structured Design Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization

Learn to approach the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than as an art.

Vijay Kumar
Tools & Resources

IDEO Method Cards

Use these cards to help you design products, spaces, services, and experiences.

IDEO
Tools & Resources

@rohdesign

Meet Mike Rohde, a designer and author.

Mike Rohde
Tools & Resources

@jessicaesch

Discover the designer Jassica Esch.

Jessica Esch

ABOUT UWC

Giving thanks: We share these resources in gratitude to all of our teachers and with appreciation for the value they have brought us. The field guide is a living resource that we are consistently adding to. We receive no payment or kickbacks for sharing. Access and use of these resources should be done at one’s own discretion. If you see a resource you like, we encourage you to reach out to the author.

Have a resource to add? We are always looking to expand the resources we can share. If you have a tool/resource/link you would like to share with UWC and its partners, please email us: research@upwithcommunity.org.

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