Systems Thinking for Environmental Professionals - ONLINE
There is increasing awareness that conventional solutions to problem situations are not working as well as expected. Our current model of scientific inquiry is based on the belief that we will best understand how something works by breaking it into parts, giving rise to ever more specialized faculties of knowledge.
However, because of its narrow focus, the application of purely specialist knowledge to single, isolated problems ignores the connectedness and complexity of how our world works, so it has not provided lasting solutions, and has caused even more problems over time.
This systems thinking course introduces ways of examining a problem in the context of a larger focus that reveals connections to the situation that must be considered if the solution is to be sustainable, so that problems do not recur but stay solved.
Students gain a wide-angle thinking lens that is appropriate to the complexity of the world. It teaches tools to view problem situations in any area of life in a way that allows us to transcend the limitations of expert knowledge and to see how situations evolve over time to generate unexpected consequences.