The pattern

Sometimes we want change, but are held back to take action by the complexity of a larger system that seems impossible to move. Small gestures can have a great impact. Otherwise, why would we think time travellers could change the past with a tiny intervention?

The pattern IMPACT reveals the perspective of the whole and the intertwined dynamics within. Embracing the micro, we can better manage and design a process for changing the macro. Dive deep into IMPACT to rethink the existing system. See it  bottom up and poly-centric. Learn how to evaluate our gestures and transfer impact on a global scale.

Get to know this pattern and be empowered to take small steps towards systemic change.

A tool

The Common Good Balance, or Common Good Matrix, is an instrument that helps projects and organisations to identify and show their contribution to society. The matrix reports and evaluates the impact of the project on people, environment and society. It shows the results in a clear, transparent and comparable way.

The Common Good Matrix is developed within the Economy for the Common Good movement. The movement proposes a systemic transformation of our economic model – in a participative and democratic way.
This new economic model is based on values such as human dignity, collaboration, ecological sustainability, social justice, solidarity and participation. An economic model that aspires the wellbeing for all humans and not only for a happy few in a way that regenerates and takes care of our planet for the next generations to come.

In an Economy for the Common Good:

  • growth is no longer necessary and organizations are liberated from “eating or being eaten” but aims for an optimal size
  • cooperation is rewarded
  • meaningful jobs are created
  • money is only a means and not an end in itself
  • an economic model based on values
  • an economy that does not start from scarcity, but strives to create abundance for everyone


ECG is a movement kept alive by 1000 of volunteers, active in local chapters around the world, who try to make this world a better place. The ideas of the ECG are work in progress. There are a lot of proposals for a new economic model, to be discussed and decided in a democratic process in our communities.


Karla Schimmel – Common Good Balance Coach

Karla will support your team in identifying the value that your project creates for the common good

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