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WEBINAR Understanding Transformation with Steve Waddell

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Join us for an authoritative webinar on transformation and systems change with SDG Transformation Forum's Steve Waddell.


“Transformation” is a much-used, and abused, term. Most commonly, it’s employed to simply describe a really big change. But looking at it as a type of change, distinct from “incremental” and “reform,” is critical to actually working for transformation.

Understanding the distinctions between these three types of change has deep implications for strategies and actions, especially within the context of systems change.

This webinar will focus on actions that support change, such as impact investors’ and entrepreneurs’, and how their impact can be enhanced through deepened understanding of transformation-specific tools and strategies.


The 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming states that “limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” necessitating transformation of the private (business), public (government), and social (non-profit) sectors.

This webinar will address the following questions:

  • What is transformation in the context of systems change?

  • What is the difference between the three types of change: incremental, reform and transformation?

  • How do we achieve transformation?

  • What strategies are most effective in achieving transformation?

About Steve Waddell

For over 35 years Steve Waddell has worked on large systems change and transformation. He has done this as an entrepreneur, consultant, writer and educator. But primarily he has done this as a community organizer and social entrepreneur, bringing together diverse people and organizations to develop the new systems that transformation requires. He has done this locally, globally, and all levels in between. Globally, he is best known for his work with Global Action Networks (GANs), global multi-stakeholder transformation networks like the Forest Stewardship Council and Transparency International. Today his major focus is the SDG Transformations Forum, where he is lead staff. Steve has an MBS and PhD (Sociology); he is Canadian-American, living in Boston.

Impact Entrepreneur's Building an Impact Economy Webinar Series features presentations, conversations and panel discussions with the leading individuals and organizations in impact investing and entrepreneurship.

This webinar series and its companion series, Luminarias, are co-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as part of its Scaling Solutions Initiative.