5.5.2021: Portfolios for system transformation by Giulio Quaggiotto (UNDP)
Change with greater purpose
Portfolios for system
A journey of trials… and many errors!
Head, Strategic Innovation Unit
Being in the washing machine
Source: Charlie Leadbeater & Jennie Winhall
“We thought development was about
the science of delivery. We found out
it’s about the art of transformation”
Tourism in the wake of
Improving quality of life for vulnerable
populations in select territories
Future of work: value
creation and jobs
Improving trust in
Private sector development (small and
medium sized enterprises) post-COVID Burundi
Human security in
Inclusive economic development for
youth, women and marginalized groups
Micro, small and medium
sized enterprise resilience
in the wake of COVID
“In systems thinking, we define the ideal future state (the goal) and
try to get there, which only works when you have a high level of
In complexity, we describe the present and see what is possible to
change, defining a direction, not a destination, setting ourselves on
a discovery journey”.
- D. Snowden
What is going on here?
Aka the evolutionary potential of the present
A Ministry of Possibilities
“There are at least two kinds of games.
One could be called finite, the other infinite.
A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game
for the purpose of continuing the play”
- James Carse