Instructor: Howard Silverman

Systems thinking is one way of seeing patterns amidst the messiness of life. Patterns give coherence to one’s experience, and a systems toolkit of methods, models, concepts, and metaphors can be used to sense and interpret such patterns. We will use these tools to examine social and environmental opportunities and concerns; and they will inform our conversations as we consider and critique strategies for effective action.

Essential to this toolkit are the use of visual imagery, group process facilitation techniques, and cognitive expansion exercises. As we spend the day exploring this toolkit, we will model interactions that are both fun and challenging.

No explicit familiarity with systems thinking is required; this class will serve as both introduction for newcomers and augmentation for old hands.