Specialty: Communicating Complex Challenges using Tools from Systems Thinking

Does your work involve communicating dynamic and complex topics and inter-connections? Does it involve describing and encouraging people to expand their time frames from short term to longer term thinking, building scenarios for the future, and planning strategic actions that reduce gaps between what we want to happen and what will happen if nothing new is undertaken?

The systems thinking field provides a set of valuable concepts that help process leaders and conveners to better communicate complex challenges and interconnectedness. In this module we will explore a number of systems thinking concepts.  We consider how to apply them to our work, the questions we need to ask ourselves when planning a project or when we are not seeing as much progress as we would like to.  Systems tools that you will practice developing include behavior-over-time graphs and feedback loops.

This module is 2 learning units.