Our mission is to enable change-makers to effectively address wicked problems by creating systems change. We do this by providing the knowledge, tools, and support they need to strengthen and transition solution ecosystems in their communities.
Programs underpinned by complexity
Build your knowledge in complexity and gain system change skills through a range of capacity building programs.
Tools to visualise + measure system change
Visualise, measure and strengthen system change activities with the Tool for Systemic Change.
Support for systems change practitioners
Feel supported in your system change journey with mentoring by systems scholar-practitioners.
With the Tool for Systemic Change
Visualise + measure
01 / Make system change visible
02 / Take targeted action to strengthen system change
03 / Track + measure system changes
To change a system you need to better understand it. The Tool for Systemic Change enables you to map and visualise solution ecosystems. Solution ecosystems include all the initiatives and partnering organisations that are working on a wicked problem or opportunity in a place. The Tool enables your to visualise these systems through the creation of Transition Cards, Ecosystem Maps, SDGs Alignment Cards and Thematic SDGs Network Maps.
Discover how your solution ecosystem is performing and what actions can be taken to strengthen it with the Tool for Systemic Change. Transition Cards and Ecosystem Maps enable you to understand the dynamics and structure of your ecosystem. The SDGs features enable you to see the contributions of the ecosystem to the 17 SDGs and 169 targets.
Solution ecosystems are dynamic, adaptive, and constantly changing. Capturing changes enables stakeholders to see the system's activity over time. The Tool for Systemic Change tracks changes to systems dynamics using Wicked Lab's framework, as well as the 17 SDGs and 169 targets, and reports within the tool provide you with data to measure and evaluate system change.
Capacity building programs
Introduction to Complexity
This one-day workshop is designed to build your team's understanding of wicked problems, why a complexity approach is best suited to address this unique type of problem and how communities and governments can work better together using Wicked Labs's framework.
Delivered in partnership with Community Capacity Builders, Challenge Labs support local and/or state governments to develop or strengthen systems-aware social enterprises in their communities, that can contribute towards addressing a chosen wicked problems.
Ecosystem Transition Program
This three-part program will rapidly build your understanding of wicked problems, Wicked Lab's framework, and how the Tool for Systemic Change can help you create systems change.
Complex Systems Leadership Program
This rigorous and evidence-rich three-unit program is designed for those who want to see the evidence that explains why and how the Wicked Lab framework and Tool for Systemic Change can help you understand and address wicked problems.
Systemic Innovation Lab
Systemic Innovation Labs aim to address wicked problems by incorporating multi-stakeholder collaboration and a systemic design process into system transitions. This program is designed for multi-stakeholder teams addressing wicked problems in their community and supports them through a six-stage process called FEMLAS.
Using a complexity approach
01 / Food security
Systemic Innovation Lab
The South West Food Community, led by Edith Cowan University
is a Systemic Innovation Lab that focuses on addressing food security in rural Western Australia.
02 / Financing systems change for disaster resilience
The Tool for Systemic Change is being used to measure and strengthen the portfolio of initiatives funded under South Australia's Disaster Resilience Grants.
03 / Collective of social enterprises
Moving Feast is a collective of food focused social enterprises that have joined forces to transform Victoria’s food system to be fair, connected and regenerative. The collective are using the Tool for Systemic Change to visualise, strengthen and measure their systems change efforts.
04/ Greening Systemic Innovation Lab
Greening Marion is a Systemic Innovation Lab in South Australia focused on addressing greening in the City of Marion. The lab is a partnership between state and local government - City of Marion and Green Adelaide.
Underpinned by research
All our programs, framework and Tool are underpinned by robust, peer-reviewed research. Read the growing list of publications here.
Focused on practice
Learn from system change scholar-practitioners appling our framework and using the Tool for Systemic Change through a range of peer-reviewed case study publications.
Get in touch to see how we can support you with the knowledge, skills and tools to create systems change.
The Wicked Lab team respect and honour the stories, traditions and living cultures of the Kaurna and Mulubinba people, the traditional owners of the lands from which we work. We thank them for caring for this place for thousands of years and for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and country with us.
We extend that respect to all first nations people we have the privilege of working alongside. We also acknowledge the struggle and trauma of the stolen generations who are finding their way back to country and community.
We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and we stand in solidarity towards a self-determined future for our first nations people.
Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.