Our introductory class on systems dynamics is focused on advancing your systems thinking skills. Take this class to uncover the incredible approaches to understanding and documenting the relationships between complex systems. We focus on stocks and flows, causal relationships and being able to identify archetypes in systems dynamics. Learning systems mapping techniques and advance your understanding o systems thinking.

Systems Dynamics Class Content

Gain valuable knowledge on Systems Thinking

  • 01

    Welcome to the Program

  • 02

    Overview of Applied Systems Thinking

    • Read: A look at Systems Thinking

    • Watch: Adopting a Systems Mindset

    • Read: Applied Systems Thinking

    • Read: A Quick History of Systems Thinking Approaches

    • Watch: Thinking Differently

  • 03

    Systems Dynamics

    • Read: Systems Dynamics

    • Watch: Systems Dynamics

    • Read: Systems Boundaries & Sub-Systems

    • Read: System Behaviours

    • Watch: Nodes

    • Read: Feedback Loops

    • Download: Feedback Loops Worksheet

    • Read: Identifying System Elements

    • Download: System Behavior Worksheets

    • Download: Systems Elements Worksheet

    • Activity: Incorporating Systems Thinking

  • 04

    Key Aspects of Systems Dynamics

    • Read: Stocks and Flows

    • Read: How to do Causal Loop Diagrams

    • Activity: Causal Loop Diagram Activity

    • Download: Causal Loop Diagrams Worksheet

    • Read: Accounting for Delays

    • Read: Behaviour Over Times Graphs

    • Activity: Behaviour Over Time Graph Worksheet

  • 05

    Systems Archetypes

    • Read: Systems Archetypes

    • Watch: Systems Archetypes

    • Explore: Systems Archetypes

    • Activity: Tragedy of the Commons

  • 06

    Systems Mapping Techniques

    • Read: Overview of Systems Mapping

    • Explore: Introduction to Systems Mapping

    • Watch: Systems Mapping

    • Explore: How to do Cluster Maps

    • Download: Systems Thinking Tools for Business

    • Activity: Incorporating Systems Thinking Activity

    • Activity: System-Connections

  • 07

    Leverage Points

    • Read: Leverage Points

    • Watch: Designing Interventions

    • Read: Ladder of Inference

    • Download: Ladder of Inference Worksheet

  • 08

    Next steps

    • Continue Your Learning Journey!

Leyla Acaroglu

Your Instructor

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

What you get out of this short class

  • Discover the history and application of systems dynamics

  • Learn how to do stock and flow diagrams, causal loop diagrams and behaviour over time graphs

  • Learn how to identify systems archetypes, define system dynamics and consider systems interventions


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