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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

This advanced systems thinking course teaches you tools to uncover practical approaches to applied systems thinking to affect positive change. In this class, you will learn to see critical relationships, understand feedback loops, and conduct consequence analyses. You will also establish causal relationships and gain radical insights into systems dynamics. In the previous courses you will have gone through different approaches to identifying, understanding, and mapping systems and problem arenas, in this one, you will gain a deeper synthesis of how all the components fit together. The tools gained in this course will prepare you to identify where and how to intervene in a system, build effective systems interventions, plus design systems in which these interventions can exist.
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WHAT YOU WILL UNCOVER IN THIS COURSE

  • Develop advanced systems perspectives and the ability to develop tactical tools for affecting change.

  • Unpack mechanisms, models, and mechanics of making change, specifically developing a theory of change and deeper systems thinking.

  • Gain skills in deeper synthesis of all the components of the identifying, understanding, and mapping systems and problem arenas.

  • Create a strong foundation for building effective systems interventions, and design systems in which these interventions can exist.

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, 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 togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01
    Welcome
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    • A Welcome Message From Leyla
    • Welcome to the Systems Intervention Course!
    • Brain warm-up
    • A quick note before you start
  • 02
    Part 1: Advanced Systems Thinking
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    • Introduction and Core Concepts
    • Video: Advanced Systems Thinking
    • Knowledge Check: Advanced Systems Thinking
    • Learning Action: Cluster Mapping
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
  • 03
    Part 2: Systems Modeling Tools
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    • About Systems Modeling
    • Video: Systems Modeling Tools
    • Knowledge Check: Systems Modelling Tools
    • Learning Action: Iceberg Model
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
  • 04
    Part 3: Developing a Theory of Change
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    • About Developing a Theory of Change
    • Video: Developing a Theory of Change
    • Knowledge Check: Theory of Change
    • Learning Action: Develop a Theory of Change
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
  • 05
    Part 4: Intervening in Systems
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    • About Intervening in Systems
    • Video: Intervening in Systems
    • Designing Systems Interventions
    • More on Systems Dynamics
    • Knowledge Check: Intervening in Systems
    • Learning Action: Design a Systems Intervention
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
  • 06
    Part 5: Tactics for Activating Systems Change
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    • About Tactics for Activating Systems Change
    • Video: Tactics for Activating Systems Change
    • Knowledge Check: Tactics for Activating Systems Change
    • Learning Action: Map
    • Feedback
    • Reflection
  • 07
    Course Synthesis - Tying It All Together!
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    • Tying It All Together
    • Systems Intervention Final Knowledge Check
    • Systems Intervention Final Reflection
    • Systems Intervention Final Feedback
    • Additional Resources
    • A Message From Leyla

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT UNSCHOOL PROGRAMS

“Coming to the UnSchool was mind-blowing. It was so exciting to look at things through a different set of eyes and to see how I could apply what we learnt to my professional and personal life.”

Craig Scott

“The design process reinvigorated me. Visualizing systems integration reminded me of the solutions, and peer-to-peer collaboration reinstalled a sense of trust, vulnerability, and cohesion that completely redefined the possible.”

Jason Sandman

“I learned to understand what I need to accomplish in my work, in finding an alternative to the education system I want to create. Things I will always remember from my experience at the fellowship are: the toolkit, mentors, partners, processes, products, games, systems and experiences.”

Marcela Zetina

DESIGN SYSTEMS INTERVENTIONS

ACTIVATE YOUR AGENCY AND START TO

Where and how do you intervene in a system to create change? If you have been taking the previous classes that unpack the Mining + Landscaping phases of Disruptive Design, then by now, you should have a much deeper understanding of the dynamics of the various systems in the world around us. 

So now, the goal is to identify the non-obvious elements, connections, and aspects of the systems that you have been exploring, in order for you to begin building interventions that leverage change. 

In this advanced systems thinking knowledge session, we give you the tools to go deeper into the system's dynamics, to gain a more granular understanding of the phenomena that are at play in the systems, and to decipher interventions points of leveraging change. 

Through then identifying some critical insights, you can start to move into a rapid ideation phase.

Through this session you will get to explore where and how to intervene in a system to create change. This advanced systems thinking class teaches you tools to uncover practical approaches to applied systems thinking to affect positive change. In this class, you will learn to see critical relationships, understand feedback loops, and conduct consequence analyses. 

You will also establish causal relationships and gain radical insights into systems dynamics. Taking all of the new knowledge covered in the first series of classes, you will learn to apply them to project design as a critical part of the Disruptive Design Method.

While you would have been going through different approaches to identifying, understanding, and mapping systems and problem arenas throughout the previous classes, in this knowledge session, you will gain a deeper synthesis of all the components put together. 

You will be able to identify and build really effective systems interventions, plus design systems in which these interventions can exist. We will also unpack mechanisms, models, and mechanics of making change, specifically developing a Theory of Change. Let’s do it! 

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