Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change

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The Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change (JABSC) supports and informs the field of ‘awareness-based systems change’, an “action research approach to social transformation.” The field “is a theoretical and practical innovation with significant implications for changing practice and taking a fresh look at what is needed to shift social systems, through a process of co-inquiry into the deeper structures of the social systems—the source conditions—in order to see, sense and shift them. It is an emergent cross-sectoral, inter- and transdisciplinary field that brings a first- and second-person lens to the field of systems thinking and systems change. The journal aims to reveal and support rigour in these new forms of research. It is also a place for highlighting current interesting examples of promising transformative practices and to co-inquire into these”, thereby mirroring “an important spirit of our time and moment around the collective exploration of transformation from an awareness-based perspective”.

JABSC “sees itself as one element of a larger intention which is to co-create a global platform which aligns and brings together a community of researchers and practitioners who, over the next decade, will advance and amplify the field of awareness-based systems change by co-developing the concepts, methods, tools and frames needed to illuminate and catalyze the evolution of social fields” (being “the source conditions that give rise to patterns of thinking, conversing, and organizing in systems, which in turn produce practical results”).

The journal has a focus on:

  • “Bridging research and practice, e.g. refining and critically reflecting the theoretical, conceptual and practical foundations of awareness-based systems change.
  • Linking inner and outer transformation as well as individual and collective transformation.
  • Further evolving (practical) knowing about, and how to promote ‘vertical literacy’, e.g. by explicating and reflecting on implicit as well as embodied and tacit levels of understanding about transformation processes.
  • Integrating multiple ways of knowing, such as 1st, 2nd and 3rd person methodologies, perspectives and epistemologies as they apply to social field change.
  • Representing a broad range of voices, including those often marginalized in academia and the social system.
  • Co-evolving new methodologies which make visible and research deeper layers of social systems and help actualize their potentials, in particular creative and ‘experimental’ (e.g. aesthetic, embodied, performative, arts-based) methodologies.”

The journal produced its first edition in February 2021 and it is open access.


Posted: March 2021
Last modified: March 2021