FORMAT: interactive live online sessions
DURATION: 6 weeks, 1 session of 120-minutes per week
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16 participants per cohort
CERTIFICATE: certificate of attendance issued by Franklin University Switzerland
STARTING DATE: 30th March 2022
COST: 870 EUR
In the past years we have been seeing a proliferation of tools and canvases in many professions. As an unintended consequence, intuition, imagination and creativity have been pushed into the background. The general requirement is ‘simplification’, instead of embracing complexity or uncertainty – even though complexity and uncertainty are more a part of our lives than ever before.
This module flips the usual script. Because Systems Thinking is not just a set of tools or techniques. Systems Thinking is an initiation into an attitude. The classes will help you develop the systems thinking attitude, and to do so draw on insights from various fields such as architecture, psychoanalysis, art, management, design and literature. This approach reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the systems thinking as a lens, rather than a discipline.
Examining the main tenets of the systems paradigm and exploring the differences between analytical and the holistic approach to learning and inquiry.
Identifying the four levels of comprehending and addressing complexity: events (reactive), patterns of behavior (adaptive), systemic structures (creative), and mental models (transformative), and their connection to double-loop learning.
Assessing ideas for transitioning from solving to dissolving problems, from systematic to systemic policy interventions, and from suppressing symptoms, to developing fundamental solutions.
Exploring heuristic principles for understanding emergent behavior and self-organization in complex systems and embedding emergence as a systemic phenomenon in design.
Experimenting with techniques that can generate insights into the multifaceted nature of reality, the worldviews of different actors within the system and how they influence or are influenced by the system.
Assessing the applications of metaphoric, analogical, and lateral thinking in expanding the capacity to see meaningful connections across seemingly different phenomena.
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 16-person cohort 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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