Systems are perfectly designed to achieve the results they get. This insight into systems is one of the foundational understandings that West Wind draws upon in our Systemic Equity Leadership framework. This is a new kind of leadership development—one that fosters skills to identify and disrupt systemic inequities.
This innovative approach represents our synthesis of ideas about learning organizations and systems thinking, adaptive leadership, Critical Race Theory, and direct-action organizing. The work of Peter Senge, Ronald Heifetz & Marty Linksy, Gloria Ladson-Billings & William Tate, and the Midwest Academy have been invaluable in our development process.
We also use this framework as we endeavor to inform education policy on high school improvement, educational assessment and accountability, innovation in education R&D, and other vital education interests. Two of our current initiatives that are centered on the Systemic Equity Leadership framework are racial equity and research to action.