Module I. of the Systems Thinking Foundation provides you with a lens through which you can have a fresh look at complex problems – that is to say, problems where causes and effects are intertwined, and the implications of decisions are unclear. This systemic lens helps you examine these problems from multiple perspectives, reiterate them in novel ways, investigate them more holistically and thereby make more informed choices.
After completing Module I, participants can apply to Module II. of the Systems Thinking Foundation. In service systems, dynamic behavior arises from the resource structure. In this Module II we will be working with Stock and Flow Maps, as a method for understanding the relationship between resource structure and the behavior of a service system over time.
…move beyond a solely event- or data-oriented approach to problem solving. You will gain insights into how to identify trends and patterns of behavior over time to surface the underlying structures that generate these events and patterns. You will be able to fine-tune and improve your mental models, and design high-leverage interventions in services, resulting in more impact through less effort.
Exploring the origins and the principles of systems thinking; silo versus holistic thinking, dynamic versus detailed complexity, non-linearity, recursion and emergence.
Developing insights into complexity by visualizing and mapping cause-effect relationships between elements within a system that are distant in time and space.
Gaining an understanding of the commonly recurring patterns of behavior in a system, such as limits to growth, shifting the burden and tragedy of the commons.
Developing an intuitive understanding of the dynamic behavior of a system over time such as exponential growth and decline, s-shaped growth and overshoot and collapse.
Enhancing capability to intervene in complex systems by examining the leverage points or the places for an effective intervention in a system.
Developing our capacity of learning how to learn in complex systems; refining our mental models, thought patterns and decision rules.
Understanding resource accumulations in service systems and developing resource maps of service systems.
Build structures that generate exponential growth. Understand ‘goal seeking’ and ‘oscillations’. Formulating dynamic hypotheses and creating formal simulation models of service systems.
Identifying resource interdependence and feedback in service systems.
Exploring the structure and behavior of delays as critical source of behavior dynamics in service systems.
Conceptualizing resource flows through and within service systems. Developing experiments for model understanding, confidence building and policy design in service systems.
Representing key attributes of resources in service systems.
Graphing non-linear relationships between service parameters.
Peer learning is a central part of this module. Accordingly, we ask you to submit a reflection on what motivates you to take this module, to help us form a well-balanced group. See below in the form. Think it through, but don’t overthink it.
In the selection process the applications are reviewed, and the 10-person cohort for Module I. is formed. A combination of the time of your application, and the contents of the reflections will be taken into consideration.
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