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Newsletter July 2019

​South West Food Community launched

Full house at the launch of the SW Food Community in Bunbury (photo credit The Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA)

Wicked Lab has partnered with Edith Cowan University’s Dr Stephanie Godrich (2018 Australian Research Scholarship) to establish a Systemic Innovation Lab – called South West Food Community. South West Food Community is an Aus-first pilot project that aims to investigate how government and community initiatives focusing on food availability, food access and food use, are functioning as a system. South West Community Food launched July 6th. The lab is currently mapping initiatives in the region. Stephanie has been researching food insecurity among rural/remote children in Australia and is a lecturer of Public Health and Nutrition in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. Through participating in the Complex Systems Leadership Program, Stephanie is applying her learnings from program to the creation of this new Systemic Innovation Lab underpinned by complexity. For more information contact Stephanie Godrich

Tool for Systemic Change New features

Initiatives now able to be tagged with Subsystems Users now have the ability to create subsystem tags and assign one or multiple tags to initiatives. These tags enable users to filter initiatives on a Transition Card by one or more tags –displaying those initiatives that are addressing different causal factors of the wicked problem they are addressing. New Stakeholder report The new Stakeholder report provides details on the number of partnering organisations working on initiatives detailed in a Transition Card. This new report also provides a breakdown of the sectors these organisation’s represent and a summary of the initiatives they are working across. New PDF format for Transition Card printing The new print format for Transition Cards provides more information per page to users and includes more details in the initiatives summary list. The PDF now includes a Focus Area key, start and finish dates for initiatives and assigned subsystem tags. User guides for these new features are available in the Help section of the Tool for Systemic Change

Tool for Systemic Change - New video Check out our new short video and learn about the features in the Tool for Systemic Change

Complex System Leadership Program - starts 7th AUGUST

1 weeks until the second program for 2018 kicks off. Reserve your place now

Kicking off August 7th 2018, the Complex Systems Leadership Program provides you with the knowledge, skills and tools for addressing complex (wicked) problems. The Program is self-paced and delivered online over a six-month period. During the program you’ll apply your complex systems learnings to addressing a complex (wicked) problem of your choice using Wicked Lab's Tool for Systemic Change and nine Focus Areas. Places are limited so to find out more and register your interest in the course email

Expressions of Interest open for Systemic Innovation Lab - elective ​The EOI is open to current or past participants of the Complex Systems Leadership Program.

Addressing Wicked Problems: Wicked Lab’s approach [free] Thu. 8 November 2018 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm ACDT Learn how to address wicked problems using Wicked Lab's Tool for Systemic Innovation & Change in this 45 min free webinar.

Systemic Innovation Lab: a Lab for Wicked Problems Held Wed 25th July 3pm In this 1 hr webinar we shared a new Lab type, a Systemic Innovation Lab, which combines the features of existing Labs that are suited to addressing wicked problems. This is a recorded online event. For those interested in accessing the recording – please contact

​Systemic Design conference – Challenging Complexity by Systemic Design towards Sustainability

The 7th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium will be hosted by Politecnico di Torino in Turin (Italy). The aim is to promote an international debate on the multiple applications and purposes on which the systems thinking in design is developed towards sustainability. The symposium will generate nurturing interdisciplinary collaborations and discussions, involving academics, designers and professionals. Presenting in the stream Models and Process for Systemic Design, Wicked Lab’s Dr Sharon Zivkovic will present a paper titled ‘The Early Stage Analysis of a Systemic Innovation Lab’.

10th International Social Innovation Research Conference to be held

The 10th International Social Innovation Research Conference to be held at Ruprecht-karls-university in Heidelberg Germany September 3-5, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference theme is ‘Bridging Social and Business Innovation’. The Social Innovation and Complexity Stream will explore the role of complexity theory for social innovation, which draws on the use of complexity theory in the fields of management and organization studies. Wicked Lab’s Dr Sharon Zivkovic will be co-chairing the complexity stream at the conference. She will also be presenting a paper titled ‘Mapping the field of social innovation and complexity science’.

​2018 Social Enterprise World Forum

​This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Social Enterprise World Forum. For the first time an Academic Symposium is being held as part of the Forum. Wicked Lab’s Dr Sharon Zivkovic will be presenting a paper titled ‘Teaching social enterprise: a problem understanding and diverse knowledges approach’. This paper will illustrate how social enterprises can contribute towards addressing wicked problems if their initiatives are part of an ecosystem of initiatives that are addressing underpinning causal factors of the wicked problem.

​The place of public sector innovation labs in policy systems – Workshop

Wicked Lab took part in the The Policy Lab's recent survey research on public sector innovation labs in Australia and New Zealand. To follow up from this research Wicked Lab have been invited to participate in a workshop on the place of public sector innovation labs in policy systems at University of Melbourne on Monday September 10th 12:30-3pm. This workshop will provide an update on the research and a facilitated panel discussion.

Publication soon to be available:

  • Zivkovic, S. (2018), ‘Systemic Innovation Labs: a Lab for wicked problems’, Social Enterprise Journal


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