Public sector commissioning - systems thinking and systems leadership under the radar

Richard Selwyn
26 January 2015

The public sector is beginning to apply systems thinking to society’s wicked issues.  Through the relatively new profession of commissioning, an emerging culture and set of tools is pushing the boundaries of leadership, service development and the role of the state.  A revolution is afoot.

During the discussion we’ll explore the application of systems thinking to local children’s services – What are we here to deliver?  How do we refocus the system?  And, if budgets are cut by 50%, what does systems thinking tell us about the solutions?

Richard Selwyn is Assistant Director of Commissioning for Suffolk County Council and has worked on many service transformations and efficiency programmes across the public sector.  His book Outcomes & Efficiencies is available for free download from Amazon at