Facilitating Systems Understanding
Facilitating Systems Understanding will help you to teach others about the value of Systems Thinking and how to apply it.
You'll learn how to communicate why Systems Thinking is essential for addressing today’s complex challenges, and how the
Systems Thinking mindset facilitates deeper learning.
Using a process of collaborative systems inquiry, you’ll learn how to begin modeling/mapping an issue with others who have no experience,
and in ways that better elicit their understanding and support. And you’ll learn how to convert insights gained in Systems Thinking projects
into nuggets of learning that can be communicated to wider audiences!
Each class is followed with a question and answer session with Chris. Online access to these class recordings, sample models, handouts, and homework assignments are
included to cement your learning.
Class 1: Building a Modeler's Mindset
This session begins with an overview of why Systems Thinking is powerful, and how the underlying approach is built upon the scientific method.
Modelers adopt a mindset of building understanding, not discovering truth. The distinction between the two mindsets is profound, and deeply
influences how a Systems Thinking effort will work.
Class 2: Increasing Systems Thinking Capacity
Learn how to communicate and demonstrate the value of important Systems Thinking skills:
- Dynamic Thinking
- Operational Thinking (including the stock and flow language)
- Feedback Loop Thinking
Class 3: Engaging Effective Collaborators
Use a process of collaborative systems inquiry to capture insights and effectively engage others.
This session will provide examples of specific exercises and techniques to enhance that process.
Class 4: Communicating Systemic Insight
Learn to use specific exercises proven by experience to be effective in Systems Thinking sessions.
- What is the most effective way to communicate systems insight to those who’ve not been part of the process?
- How can you generate buy-in and motivation for models and maps you’ve built?
- How do you spread the results of Systems Thinking efforts?