April 20 is the thirty-fifth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration will be on Eventbrite.
Learning (and Teaching) Systems Thinking
How does someone become a, "Systems
Thinker"? Each of us approaches this question from a unique perspective;
informed by - among other things - our educational and cultural background and
personal life experiences. And yet; we like to speak of a "systems
thinking community" - so, how does this diverse community sustain a
common conception of "Systems Thinking" - its core concepts; its
For five years now, the Aalto University Master’s program in Creative
Sustainability has brought students together from across the faculties of
Design, Business and Engineering. In the winter session of their "Systems
Thinking II" course, David Ing sought to convey an understanding of the
state-of-the-art in Systems Thinking. As part of their coursework,
students organized into groups to present and lead classrooms discussion on a
selection of systems ideas - and then reflected on their learning in public
blogs. At the completion of the course, each of the eight groups created
infographics on their view of systems thinking.
In this, our April 20th session, David Ing will share his observations of
Systems Thinking learning, as well as his first-hand experience of teaching
Systems Thinking to advanced students from across diverse disciplines. Along
with discussion of David's experiences, we look forward to lively discussion of
your diverse systems thinking learning (or not learning) experiences.
There may be no single right way to learn systems thinking ... but there
do seem to be few wrong ways!
Participants should not feel limited to this suggested pre-reading, but should recognize that other attendees may have not read, or are reading differently, that content.
||Self-introductions (15 seconds each)
- Who am I?
- Which affiliations do I have that might be relevant to systems thinking?
- How did I come to systems thinking?
Convenor: David Ing
- Sharing our varied starting points and pathways toward understanding and application of Systems Thinking.
- When constructing understanding and experiences of Systems Thinking - what works and what doesn't work?
Presenter: David Ing
||Double loop learning: Revisions in meeting format?
- Walk to Baldwin Street (north on McCaul Street, 0.5 km, (the pattern has been for Hana Korea, which is quiet enough to talk)
- Continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks.
Here's the one-page visual handed out at the meeting.