In a time fraught with ongoing national crises on multiple fronts, stewards are exhausted, but remain undaunted. Many see an opportunity to catalyze uncertainty into lasting systems change. These were two strong signals from ReThink Health’s recent Tracking Poll for Stewards of Well-Being, a bi-monthly survey launched in April to find out how stewards are navigating systems change in the midst of Covid-19, racial injustice, economic recession, divisive electoral politics, and ecological catastrophes.
Respondents to the October survey included 33 leaders working locally and nationally to drive systems change for equitable well-being. Their perspectives span many areas of practice (e.g., health, education, environment, economic renewal, and beyond), as well as many types of organizations (e.g., government, business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and more). Here are a few of the main findings and trends.
On the one hand, uncertainty, turbulence, and lack of momentum has dampened confidence that there will be lasting systems change
In contrast to previous surveys in April, June, and August, stewards were less confident in October that there will be lasting systems change. Fifteen percent of respondents indicated that they were not at all confident that there will be lasting systems change (compared to 5% in August), and no respondents indicated that they were extremely confident (compared to 11% in August). At the same time, the steady majority of respondents (now up to 58%) were somewhat confident.