650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220
This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking.
About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm. For more information call 206-762-1976.