CONTENT + SKILLS GAINED

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Develop a Systems Mindset and discover how everything is interconnected. Systems thinking helps you gain a different perspective of how the world works and overcome reductionist thinking. This foundation course will help you wrap your head around the systems at play and give you the tools you need to understand the complex social, industrial & environmental systems and how they interact. It's a must for anyone wanting to start or build their capacity in understanding systems dynamics, relationships and how to create systems change.
CONTENT + SKILLS GAINED

WHAT YOU WILL UNCOVER IN THIS COURSE

  • Receive the foundations of systems thinking methods, habits, and practices.

  • Understand systems dynamics, especially in terms of feedback loops and systems archetypes.

  • Develop the ability to identify, explore, and map system relationships for interventions, while leveraging flexible and divergent thinking practices.

  • Easily define boundaries and scope; identify archetypes, nodes and feedback loops and employ a variety of systems mapping techniques.

  • 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

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE UNSCHOOL

“Everything around us is designed for better or for worse, so I find learning new methods of looking at the systems, the ways in which design interplays with them, and the potential approaches we can take to design more social and sustainable interventions is empowering. I had a great time at the UnSchool workshop, bouncing ideas of other smart and engaged people”

ANNA SCHLIMM

“The UnSchool really changed my whole mindset and gave me so much energy and confidence to create positive change and self-belief.”

Souad Ghaffari

“The UnSchool has had a profound effect on me, not only by redefining the way in which I view the world but also by altering my reflection upon past experiences”

MOHAMMED BASHKEEL

SYSTEMS THINKING

DISCOVER THE POWER OF

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, identify and map relationships and connections, and better understand feedback loops. You’ll discover how everything is interconnected and learn how to identify the three major systems at play in the world around us.

Finally, you’ll explore why easy solutions can often lead to negative impacts elsewhere, and why the easy way out often leads back in. You’ll replace this mainstream reductionist thinking with the framework to actively think and solve in systems. 

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! Let’s dive in! 

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01
    Welcome
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    • Welcome to the class from Leyla
    • Overview of the Systems Thinking Course
    • Brain warm-up
    • A quick note...before you start
  • 02
    Part 1: What is Systems Thinking?
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    • Introduction and Core Concepts
    • Video: What is Systems Thinking?
    • Knowledge Check: Systems Thinking
    • Nodes, feedback loops and systems archetypes
    • Learning Action: Worldview
    • Reflection
    • Additional Resources
  • 03
    Part 2: Identifying and Exploring Systems
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    • About Identifying and Exploring Systems
    • Video: Identifying and Exploring Systems
    • Knowledge Check: Identifying and Exploring Systems
    • Learning Action: Cluster Map
    • Reflection
    • Additional Resources
  • 04
    Part 3: Thinking in Systems
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    • About Thinking in Systems
    • Video: Thinking in Systems
    • Knowledge Check: Thinking in Systems
    • Learning Action: Find the Relationships
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
    • Additional Resources
  • 05
    Part 4: Systems Mapping Techniques
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    • More Details on System Mapping Techniques
    • Systems Mapping Techniques
    • Video: How to do Systems Mapping
    • Knowledge Check: Systems Mapping Techniques
    • Learning Action: Cause & Effect Map
    • Video: Online Systems Mapping Tools
    • Reflection
  • 06
    Part 5: Systems Dynamics & Archetypes
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    • About Systems Dynamics & Archetypes
    • Video: Systems Dynamics & Archetypes
    • Understanding Systems Archetypes
    • Knowledge Check: Systems Dynamics & Archetypes
    • Learning Action: Build a Systems Thinking Toolset
    • Reflection
    • Systems Dynamics
  • 07
    Course Synthesis - Tying It All Together!
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    • Systems Interventions
    • Systems Thinking Course Final Knowledge Check
    • Systems Thinking Course Final Reflections
    • Systems Thinking Course Final Feedback
    • Additional Resources
    • Thankyou message from Leyla

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