How do change and innovation really take root?

This playlist is trying to get you to think about that hard thing called change! By understanding how change happens, especially in complex systems, and how change and innovation interact, we hope you will develop more concrete plans for scaffolding the change process for yourself, students, staff, and everyone in your community.

Read, Watch, and Listen

Improvement v. Innovation

Change management 101

Community organizing, power dynamics, and lasting change

Innovation, disruption, and organizational culture


  • Revisit your canvas and consider:
  • What is change management? What is innovation? What is their relationship to one another?
  • How might an organizational culture encourage or inhibit innovation?
  • What does the research tell us about the conditions necessary for innovation to take root?
  • How do individual leaders spark innovation and make it stick?