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What you ask and who you ask: Systemic questions that unite us

Sam Kim is Senior Pastor of Intercultural Mission Church in North Andover, MA.  He is a recent graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  At the Emmanuel Gospel Center, Sam is currently a Board member and had also served as the Director of Youth Violence Systems Project, a systemic approach to learning and strategizing with all the stakeholders of Boston communities impacted by youth violence.  Prior to his work in the public sector, he was a corporate lawyer and partner of a Boston law firm for thirteen years during which he was involved with many complex transactions including incorporations, investments and mergers and acquisitions among high-tech companies.  Sam Kim also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf Conflict. Sam has advised and empowered numerous for-profit, non-profit, and ministry organizations through their various transitions. He and his wife, Sejung, live with their children Song and Caleb in Topsfield, MA.

 What you ask and who you ask: Systemic questions that unite us


Our general tendency when faced with complex social problems, such as youth violence, is to try to pinpoint the single source or reason for each problem, the single solution, and the individual or team to resolve such problem.  The results bear very little long term change, while dissonance becomes the norm among the community stakeholders trying to implement their own solutions.  Systems thinking recognizes that most social systems (e.g. communities and cities), within which we struggle with such complex social problems, require a more holistic and inter-related understanding of such social systems and problems.  Through the journey of the Youth Violence Systems Project in Boston we can learn that what we ask and who we ask can unite community stakeholders (residents, youth, gang-members, law enforcement, community centers, churches, etc.) truly learn and work together for real change.