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In order to develop sound policy, we must be sure we are addressing the underlying causes of the problem or issue. At the same time, since we operate in human society, politically acceptable policies may require addressing symptoms as well, often for moral and ethical reasons. But policies that address only symptoms are likely to fail.

Our beliefs and behaviors strongly influence the strategies and actions we pursue. It is difficult to implement, at least for a sustained period, strategies or actions that are incongruent with our beliefs and behaviors.

Transformational change is about beliefs and behaviors. Modificational or surface change is about strategies and actions. Most pressure for transformational change comes from outside organizations and institutions, and is strongly resisted from within. When change is initiated from within an organization, it is typically modificational or surface change, and is often perceived as inadequate by those outside the organization.

Transformational change is like changing course with the Titanic, not just rearranging the deck chairs to make it look better.

See the session cover page for the ground rules, time frames, and insights into the process.