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Systems Change with an Equity Lens Webinar

Recently, we partnered with Building Movement Project to better understand what systems change with an equity lens might look like. The main questions we explored were:

  • What does transformative systems change look like?
  • Where are we seeing real shifts in power and lasting transformation?
  • What is different about the approaches led by people of color, women, immigrants and others groups who are leading this work and often on the periphery of dominant narratives about systems change?

With partners in the field and other systems change practitioners, we developed a framework that distills four key components that distinguish systems change with an equity lens from other systems change efforts. We shared this framework in the format of a webinar which we cohosted in June 2018. Download the slides here. Learn more and access a link to the webinar recording on our blog.


Ford Foundation: Pivoting to Build Power in the States

A Case Story of MAG's Work With the Ford Foundation

For many organizations, the 2016 election brought about a profound moment of reckoning. One year later, we are grateful for moments of hope and joy that come from working with clients and partners like the Ford Foundation who are bringing about the kind of deep transformation needed to advance justice. Learn more in this case story about our work—alongside PERE at USC—to support the Ford Foundation in building greater power in the states, and a better future for us all.


The Five Elements of A Thriving Justice Ecosystem


In partnership with the Nonprofit Quarterly, MAG has recently published a series on the five elements that are critical to advancing a thriving justice ecosystem and creating transformative change. The five articles in the series present each element in turn, exploring what it means and how people, organizations, and networks are putting it into practice. 

The elements and their corresponding articles can be found here: 



Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide

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Co-created with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide brings together an overview of the systems approach and mindset with a promising set of resources, tools, frameworks, and methods for understanding and influencing systems.

Explore the interactive website and download the guide!


Publications & Resources By Topic

Movement Networks 


Leaderful Ecosystems


Systems Change, Strategy, and Planning

Interview with Peter Senge and Elissa Perry, MAG CoDirector


Developing and Managing Boards

Organizational Development

"OD Practitioners as Agents of Social Change" by Robin Katcher and Mark Leach, in The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives, 2nd Edition (2014), eds. Brenda B. JonesMichael Brazzel.