May 13 (the second Monday of the month) is the 121th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario.

Preregistration is on Zoom, and a link will be sent to your email inbox.  This event also appears at https://civic-tech-systems.eventbrite.ca 

What Can Systems Thinkers Learn From Civic Tech?

Civic tech is an approach to bettering public services through technology. It has and continues to be expressed in many forms: a movement, mindset, frameworks, service. Both governments and everyday citizens draw on it for various public-oriented purposes. 

In this session we’ll discuss what systems thinkers can learn from civic tech. Dorothy Eng and Curtis McCord, will be co-discussants on the topic, who both interact with the space in distinct ways. Through dialogue, we’ll aim to understand the contours of civic tech as it weaves through multiple systems. Both the challenges that emerge from civic tech, and the opportunities that it opens up, might offer lessons to systems thinkers.


Dorothy Eng is Chief Executive Officer of Code for Canada. Dorothy helps organizations and institutions use science and technology to solve problems. She is passionate about lending not only her voice but her hands to develop tech-based solutions that create meaningful change in our communities.

Curtis McCord has a PhD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information, where his research was focused on civic technology and the use of technologies in democratic processes


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Post-meeting artifacts

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.