We live in fast-changing contexts, where global environmental and socio-economic issues, as well as innovation related opportunities, require public and international organisations, and civil society, to be able to adapt and transit towards new approaches, models, behaviours and systems.
Available knowledge and technologies today represent an inestimable resource to cope with the numerous, diverse, current and emerging challenges related to sustainable development and SDGs accomplishment. Notwithstanding the great strides made by research, the gap between these achievements and the real socioeconomic and sustainable growth processes of systems remains significant.
Change management, which is the bridge between the real existing opportunities and the concrete and large-scale results, needs to be spread, speeded and strengthen by organisations through the development of strategic transferable soft skills. Soft skills for systemic change management are those specific abilities that improve individual and collective capacities to create relevant conditions conducive to innovate, implement successful transition processes towards renewed desired conditions, be flexible and adaptable to the continuous new openings for sustainable growth, integrate and use technical knowledge and technologies, transform research’s results into tangible innovation, identify and replace ineffective communicational, relational and organisational structures, synergistically cooperate and accelerate knowledge sharing, access to significant information and be proactive part of networks, mainstream gender issues, circularly identify and solve problems, recognise real urgencies, prevent and manage risks, constructively lead and become more resilient.
Development processes are entirely based on people change, but the people side of change is still underestimated by both programs and projects, and this represents one of the biggest causes of failure and unsustainability of actions. If people do not change, even not the best solution will achieve a result, but voluntary and driven changes are complex, and actors urgently need to be empowered.
Transferable skills for systemic change management strongly contribute to allow both professionals and organisations to deeply understand, sped up, manage and implement quality transition processes towards new policies and socio-economic environments, conducive to the SDGs attainments.