“Systems Thinking” “Capacity Building” with Michael Goodman

Applied Systems thinking, capacity building, training workshop with an expert who is a pioneer in the field and has many years experience working with Systems thinking and teaching.

Is planned in October 2021



The purpose of this capacity building event would be to:

  • Learn what Systems Thinking is
  • Learn the language of Systems Thinking —tools, processes and frameworks
  • Gain hands-on experience actually applying Systems Thinking to critical challenges/issues facing participants
  • Work collaboratively and productively on important issues
  • Take a significant step in building capacity to work systemically and in creating alignment


The learning process in the workshop will center on the challenges of the participants. Learning doesn’t take place simply through exposing people to concepts and information.  Rather, learning occurs as people take the ideas gained through this exposure, apply them to real-life issues and challenges, and gain insight into both how these ideas can benefit, as well as how to obtain that benefit. This process sets in motion a reinforcing virtuous learning cycle. The workshop includes a well-designed combination of activities to initiate this cycle.

Workshop Topics and Flow (Generally)

  • Traditional Linear Thinking vs. Systems Thinking
  • Preview an example of Systems Thinking in action
  • Contrast traditional versus Systems Thinking
  • Explore the Systems Thinking viewpoint

Method:  Lecture, individual work, large group discussion/interaction

  • Purpose of Systems Thinking
  • Discuss the purpose, outcomes, overview and challenges of this course
  • Introduce the Iceberg fundamental framework (Events-Pattern-Structure)
  • Form into small teams of 3-6 around the organizational/business or social issues
  • Practice using the framework on the issue

Method:  Lecture, individual work, small team exercise & report outs, large group discussion/interaction

  • Language of Systems Thinking
  • Introduce basic building blocks of systems thinking maps/diagrams
  • Explore examples of basic causal loop diagrams — Reinforcing and Balancing Processes —

Method: Lecture, large group debrief

  • Introduction to Systems Archetypes
  • Introduce the concept of systems archetypes
  • Apply the most common archetypes to the team’s issue
  • Examine the implications and interventions/leverage points for each archetype

Method: Lecture, individual work, small group exercises, report outs, large group discussion/interaction

  • Mental Models
  • Connect mental models with Systems Thinking
  • Understand the critical role mental models often play in perpetuating poor performance and in preventing us from making long-term change in our organizations
  • Identify the specific mental models which must be reinforced or changed to allow for effective systemic interventions related to the issue being explored

Method: Lecture, individual work, team exercises focused on the team’s issue, large group debrief

  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Discuss strategies related to transferring systems thinking concepts and tools into an organization
  • Present Do’s and Don’ts for using Systems Thinking on the job

Method: Large group discussion, individual work, small group discussions


A daylong workshop and a follow up with an online session.

Í október (breytt tímasetning)

About the teacher Michael Goodman


Organizational learning

The Systems Archetype

Problem Solving with a delay before the fundamental solution is found and double loop learning occurs.


Limiting Growth, a feedback loop


What moves the iceberg?


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