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Re-Thinking Systems

Re-Thinking Systems

Covers key principles and concepts with complex adaptive systems in relation to human-centered design.

Objective & Outcomes

Even though it is well acknowledged that the unprecedented interconnectivity of the world economy, the global society, and the natural environment has a direct impact on the local lives and well-being of communities, change-makers such as corporations, NGOs, investors, entrepreneurs, and government agencies struggle to understand how these forces can shape contexts, circumstances, and experiences. Thus, their ability to envision sustainable solutions and livelihoods are limited. 

In this course, students will learn key principles and concepts on complex adaptive systems in relation to design in systems for understanding how innovation practices are shaping value creation and new economies.

Typical Schedule

  • Session 1: Complex Adaptive Systems, Complex Spaces of Innovation & Agent-Based Design
  • Session 2: Interaction & Arrangement of Systems
  • Session 3: Integration & Dynamics of Systems
  • Session 4: Interconnectivity & Anatomy of Systems
  • Session 5: Iteration, Cycles of Systems & Equity Framework
  • Session 6: Leverage Points & What IF Questions
  • Session 7: System Narratives & Transformation
  • Session 8: Reframing Systems & Frameworks Application
  • Session 9-13: Reframing Systems: Working Session