The Forum is an innovative strategy that draws from leading knowledge about how to develop a learning-action system, where the system is defined as all those stakeholders engaged in transformation and the Accords. This system already “exists”, but is very under-developed and emergent. There issignificant transformation action with respect to the Accords, in the form of initiatives to support goal attainment with the intent of transformation. However, the action comprises a wide range of fragmented activities, with a very weak identity and few specifically recognizable activities that bring together the Accords + transformation. (Patterson et al. 2017) Table 1 on action organizing approaches distinguishes a systems approach from more traditional ones. The system is not the product of a legal entity; the Forum develops the system and its infrastructure, but it is not “the infrastructure”. The Forum undertakes activities to emerge an effective system, by developing robust connections and capacity amongst the diverse initiatives in the system. The underlying logic is to speed up the self-organizing dynamic of the Accords’ transformation system, which, on its own, lacks action coherence.
|Project / Initiative||Program||Organization||Network||System|
|Legal Structure||One of many activities||One of a small number of activity streams||One legal entity||Many legal entities||No legal reference|
|Organizing Structure||Work Group||Multi-project team||Hierarchy||Multi-hub||Diffuse|
|Organizing Logic||Task||Coordination||Administering Managing||Coherence||Emergent self-organizing|