Revolutionizing
Development

Traditional approaches to development have failed to address the systemic causes of poverty, injustice, and vulnerability. Root Change tests alternative approaches and advocates for far-reaching change within the development sector.

Our Mission

To bring people together to question assumptions, think deeply, test ideas, and lead the way to a world built on social justice principles.
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Our Work

We design products, technologies, and interactive experiences that help people, organizations, and communities build better futures for themselves.
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Rethinking
Organizations

We work with organizations to develop their "system capacities": the knowledge, skills, and processes to adapt creatively to complex environments.

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Reimagining
Projects

We create spaces to help organizations think outside the project box and design adaptive program models that trust and invest in local communities.

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Rebooting
Systems

We help organizations, groups, and networks understand the larger systems in which they operate and identify ways to make them more equitable, effective, and impactful.

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Our Reach

Our work spans sectors and continents. From convening social labs in Malawi to building adaptive management skills in Colombia, we adapt our work to meet the needs of our diverse partners.
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Our Approach

Root Change is part of a growing movement to radically shift the way the development sector operates.

Me
to We

Traditional approach:
Rules and habits favor solutions driven by a single organization.

Our approach:
We facilitate collaborative action to address broken systems and solve complex social problems.

External
to Local

Traditional approach:
Norms and bureaucratic structures reward external solutions from outside “experts”.

Our approach:
We work to redirect resources, leadership and power to local actors.

Engineered
to Emergent

Traditional approach:
Incentives and funding models promote linear project plans focused on pre-determined outcomes.

Our approach:
We adapt to navigate complexity, embrace failure, and leverage learning.

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Join the revolution by reading our blog, coming to an upcoming event, or contacting us below.
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