9 Design Principles of Platforms for Systems Change

Through ASPIRe we have distilled Design Principles that unlock the potential for exponential impact.

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Align towards better outcomes: System Leadership

Help stakeholders in the system define and aim for a better set of outcomes than is currently being achieved. 

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Create open public goods

Make scarce resources of knowledge, technology, expertise, connections, and data openly and abundantly available.

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Empower with data and knowledge

Capture, analyze and share data and insights in ways that enable all stakeholders to make better decisions, and anticipate and solve problems effectively. 

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Unlock agency

Design solutions that allow for freedom of choice and ability to act, particularly for the groups whose participation was earlier limited. 

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Distribute the ability to solve

Create solutions that engage diverse stakeholders to solve the problem at scale in their contexts. 

 

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Enable open value creation

Create conditions that allow for individuals and institutions to be connected in networks to co-create and exchange value openly.

 

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Seek rapid evolution

Design systems that can learn and evolve quickly in response to new and/or local challenges and opportunities.

 

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Catalyze interactions

Create new ways for stakeholders to connect and exchange value, and become the self-propagating network of people and institutions that spread change.

 

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Cultivate the change offline

Societal change typically requires a change in the behaviors of large numbers of people. While digital platforms allow to scale certain interactions quickly on a unified infrastructure, local leadership and engaged networks and culturally accepted and inclusive solutions are essential for behavioral change to take hold at scale.