We support systems innovators,

share systems resources in multiple languages, and build a community of praxis. Here's how:

Systems knowledge and resources

  • Translating core resources
  • Documenting case studies and telling stories
  • Making resources accessible through curation, plain language writing, and analysis

Learning through

  • Research
  • Experiments
  • Projects


  • For capacity building and community building
  • In-person and on-line


How systems play came to be

Systems play evolved out of The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation. With learning from that three-year pilot and further research, we identified practical needs of system innovators that aren’t easily met through other platforms. From this, we developed our systems play approach for supporting systems innovators.

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town is our institutional home.

Over the next three years, three regional hubs and this on-line hub are being established in a connected, global network of practitioners. Click here to learn more.

Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

…is the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. It was established at the UCT Graduate School of Business in 2011, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation, which works with leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change and for human rights. The centre pursues social impact towards social justice through teaching, knowledge-building, convening, and projects with a systems lens on social innovation.

Founding supporters