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WHY SYSTEMS THINKING?

A significant part of the problem of sustainability is our inability to understand the complex interconnections between the causes and effects of our actions, or lack thereof. Systems Thinking is the practice of enhancing our understanding of how and why social (society and economy) and ecological systems behave the ways they do by seeing their component parts (or sub-systems) in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems, rather than in isolation. Systems Thinking focuses on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect, and is applicable at any scale of human activities and contexts.

ELIA TRAININGS IN SYSTEMS THINKING – EcoLogic ®

Through EcoLogic ® you will learn:

  • What is ‘Systems Thinking’ and ‘System Dynamics’ and how does this relate to sustainability issues.
  • How can Systems Thinking help us understand and measure the implications of human activities within interrelated and interdependent systems.
  • What are the characteristics and behaviours of systems (System Archetypes)
  • How to use tools like Causal Loop Diagrams to map the causal relationships between system parameters, and concepts and simple computer models applied to sustainable development challenges.
  • Ecological Solutions from a System’s perspective.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE

We have tailored our EcoLogic ® trainings for:

  • Schools – Systems Thinking is an essential skill for developing ecological literacy.
  • Business – Systems Thinking is a key competency in our corporate sustainability trainings. For more information click here.