What it's all about...


Overcome reductionist thinking, unravel the interconnectedness of our world, and learn to think in systems.

This foundation course will help you wrap your head around systems thinking and give you the tools you need to understand the complex social, industrial & environmental systems at play.


  • Learn the foundations of systems thinking methods, habits, and practices.
  • Understand systems dynamics, especially in terms of feedback loops and systems archetypes.
  • Learn to identify the three major systems at play in the world around us, plus how they play out in a variety of different scenarios
  • Develop the ability to identify, explore, and map system relationships for interventions, while leveraging flexible and divergent thinking practices


Through this course, you'll learn 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. An eye-opening exploration into systems (you will start to see invisible systems all around you!), this course will help you develop a three-dimensional thinking framework that will feed into any work you do.

"The content has given me a practical way to delve into complex problems, exploring thinking far beyond my normal lines of inquiry, and to surface new areas for intervention and innovative ways of designing those interventions. Everyone who is tackling systems should learn this." --- Catriona McLagan

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Lead Instructor

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.