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Do you ever reflect on the challenges of today and imagine options for better futures? As we increasingly recognise the complexity of our world, the challenges we face require new approaches.
What we need are ways of thinking that can effectively work with complexity, such as systems thinking. Systems thinking gives us tools, approaches and skills to deal with messy, complex situations, both professional and personal. It opens pathways towards more sustainable futures.
In this introductory course, you’ll learn how complicated situations are vastly different from complex situations or projects. This will equip you to take the next steps to experiment with systems thinking tools in later modules where you’ll apply them to the messy situations faced by you, your organisation or your project.
The full course will help you understand the value of systems thinking when engaging with challenging real-world situations. You'll learn about the ways of thinking, sensing and being in the face of a complex world.
The course content represents 20 years’ collective UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) knowledge and expertise, which builds on the inspiration of a large number of systems thinkers. Our team of 70 researchers and 35 postgraduate students continue to innovate and apply systems thinking tools and approaches to improve real life complex situations.
The full course structure will deal with the following areas:
This course is for those who want to explore and apply systems thinking to their sustainable practices.
Isabel is a business professional with more than 20 years experience in blending the fields of business, sustainability and wellbeing. Her experience spans from Australia, Germany, India, Tajikistan to Bhutan, working in management, planning, research, teaching and consulting roles. Her research explores enablers and barriers for international companies to engage in ‘beyond Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, and how beyond-GDP, wellbeing economics and new economics thinking influence new forms of measurements. Her research has formed a significant component of this course.
Katie Ross brings almost two decades of experience in the sustainability sector. She works predominantly across Social Change, International Development and Energy research areas as a project director and manager on projects promoting social and technical system transformation. Katie is currently undertaking her PhD on processes of transformative learning for sustainability.
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