Synergos’ approach to social injustice and poverty problems is based on a set of core concepts, which have been developed by scholars, practitioners, and community leaders working in diverse disciplines, different cultures, and varied social and political systems. The four key elements of our approach are:
- Systems thinking looking at complex problems from diverse, and often conflicting perspectives to understand how elements influence one another within a whole
- Collaboration working together with others, including those most impacted by the system as it currently operates, to leverage collective knowledge, resources, and action
- Bridging leadership building trust and tapping the fullest contributions of diverse stakeholders
- Personal reflection increasing awareness of self, others, and the system, and aligning intentions and actions accordingly.
These elements are interdependent and overlapping. Useful not just for the specific tools, they can provide a set of guiding ideas and principles, and a way to view the process of social change.
Synergos strives to adapt and apply these elements in our practice, capture the learning from using them, and share them as tools and ideas with our leadership networks.