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 shared language?

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!


Suggested pre-reading: 


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.


Time Activity Role(s)
6:15 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
6:30 Discussion
  • 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
7:45 Double loop learning: Revisions in meeting format? Suggestions welcomed
8:00 Adjourn
  • 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.
No host

Post-meeting artifacts

Here's the one-page visual handed out at the meeting.

David Ing,
Apr 20, 2016, 7:57 PM