Systems Thinking | The Disruptive Design Methodology

Wrap your head around systems thinking, and get the tools that change makers need to understand the complex social, industrial, & environmental systems at play

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Unravel the interconnectedness of the world around us and discover how to employ a systems thinking approach to creative change making in our foundation course in Systems Thinking!

Become a Systems Thinker!

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.


Your Instructor

Leyla Acaroglu
Leyla Acaroglu

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 an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, social scientist and entrepreneur, Leyla developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations for governments, industry and educational initiatives around the world on activating positive social and environmental change through creative interventions. She is the founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, and two design agencies, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Her classes are dyanamic and she has been described as the Doctor of Change.


Core Learnings:

» 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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.