Breakout Session - Building Back Better: Investing in Equitable Systems Change

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Given the many challenges we are facing—Covid-19, systemic racism, defending democracy—there is an urgent opportunity to reimagine and reinvest in more equitable systems and systems change work. But who makes change happen? And, what characteristics and skills are required? Success in solving complex social problems frequently hinges on the work of leaders and organizations that harmonize the action of myriad actors—often referred to as field catalysts, systems orchestrators, or coalitions. We will share findings from recent research about “field catalysts” including opportunities to support them. We will also discuss what it takes to do this work well, including as funders, and what this year may hold as we embrace the opportunity to “build back better”—or more specifically, to build back with equity