Multisolvers work at all scales and across many sectors. Yet they have four practices in common.
Our research team – Susanne “Susi” Moser Research & Consulting and Tina Smith of Anderson Smith Consulting – have been interviewing multisolving leaders across North America. But before they could begin their research, they needed to know how to recognize a multisolving leader.
After much discussion, we named four characteristics that we see in those who are effectively multisolving. The graphic below shows four key characteristics we look at. The more time project partners spend towards the right side of each dimension the more likely we think it is that they are multisolving.
The dimensions are:
- Silo-crossing – working across sectors or outside their typical close partners to include many perspectives.
- Multi-dimensional flows – sharing resources and knowledge from multiple organizations that support many participants.
- Equity-centering – fair and just application of time and financial investment towards populations disproportionally affected by climate and health disparities.
- Solidarity – showing up for people with time and money to address the concerns of others, regardless of how those concerns impact you.
Our goal is to help people see multisolving in action and see the signals of change as they continue or begin this work. We hope that this graphic is useful in your work.