This model, called the Legacy Model, was developed by Royce Holladay. It outlines the elements necessary for a system to ensure sustainability either for the system, itself, or any subset of that system. There are 7 total elements to consider.
- Connections speak to the ways in which the system is connected across internal boundaries as well as to sources of energy and support in the greater environment.
- Communications help to tell the system’s story in meaningful and powerful ways across all stakeholders. (see [Designing Exchanges])
- Continuous Assessment helps the system to understand its own performance along a number of measures and indicators.
- Commitment speaks to gaining the commitment of powerful people both inside and outside the system to help carry its banner.
- Constructs are the documents, processes, and policies that describe the work of the system and how it is accomplished.
- Coherence speaks to alignment across the system. (see Coherence)
- Capacity reminds us to build individual and organizational capacity to deal with challenges and changes as they come.