Systems thinking for the Non Profit Sector

Organisations in the non- profit sector have to maintain a delicate balance between effectiveness in their programs, stringent demands by donors as well as ever increasing community needs. The practitioners are often driven by altruistic values a factor that often leads to fatigue and burn out. Using concepts from family systems theory, the participants are enabled to manage their own anxiety. The terrain of the non profit sector is also one of unequal power relations. Many of these organisations have to take stands that often put them in antagonistic relationships with wither the business or government sector. Concepts from Critical Systems Heuristics are particularly applicable in interventions that involve multiple stakeholders with differing power relations. Our course is facilitated by people who have many years in the non profit sector as both practitioners as well as researchers.

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