The world is made up of beautifully complex and chaotic interconnected systems, all working harmoniously together behind the scenes to create the world as you understand it. There is one issue, though-- these interconnected systems are invisible to most people! As creative change agents dedicated to tackling complex issues, we need to overcome reductionist thinking structures and leverage systems thinking in order to uncover all of the unique dynamics influencing problems.
In this knowledge session, we’ll unpack the theory and framework of Systems Thinking, providing tools for mapping systems and ways to explore and synthesize the world around us from a systems perspective. You will learn the methods and approaches needed to understand system dynamics; to identify and map relationships and connections; and to better understand feedback loops. You’ll discover that everything is interconnected, while learning how to identify the three major systems at play in the world around us, plus how they play out in a variety of different scenarios.
As a core part of the Disruptive Design Methodology, this exploration of the Systems Thinking practice lays the foundation for designing systems interventions that affect positive social change. It also helps you develop the foundations of a three-dimensional thinking framework that will feed into any work you do!
This course is best suited for new learners and professionals who are serious about positively impacting the world around them, as systems thinking is a critical tool for change makers; we make sure you get your head around all of the foundation thinking tools to dive further into this fascinating and critical topic area.
We cover the foundations of systems approaches, feedback loops, systems mapping techniques, archetypes, and practical applied methods for developing and enhancing a systems approach to creative problem solving.
Designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the fields of disruptive design, sustainability, design, and education. As a designer, sociologist, educator, and sustainability provocateur, Leyla is widely known as a pioneer of using design as a catalyst for effecting positive social change. Her main stage TED Talk has over a million views, and she is an author and award-winning designer. Her current projects are all about disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge and challenging the status quo around what it means to be ‘sustainable’. She is the founder of The UnSchool, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is the developer of the Disruptive Design Method.
» SYSTEMS THINKING: Receive the foundations of systems thinking methods, habits, and practices.
» REFLEXIVITY: Understand systems dynamics, especially in terms of feedback loops.
» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Develop the ability to identify, explore, and map system relationships for interventions, while leveraging flexible and divergent thinking practices.
» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Easily define boundaries and scope; employ a variety of systems mapping techniques.
The Disruptive Design Method
The Disruptive Design Method is a three-part process for activating social change.
It is underpinned by our 12-unit Design Methodology of high-level concepts and content for professionals interested in activating positive social change through their work.
This is session 2 of 12 in the full knowledge set.