Presenters: Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. and Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D.
- Date: November 7th, 2013
- Registration: 9:00 to 9:30 am
- Course: 9:30 to 12:00 pm
- Registration Link: Click Here
- Registration Fee:
- New Discounted Rate – $149
Join the students in the 19th cohort of the Organization Systems Renewal Master’s Program as they study systems thinking and systems practice with two leading practitioners; Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. and Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D.
Today, we live in a networked world. In recent years, living networks have become a major focus of attention not only in science but also in society at large and throughout a newly emerging global culture. Since a network is a particular pattern of relationships, it is evident that, to understand life in terms of networks — biological. social, or ecological networks — we need to learn how to think in terms of relationships, in terms of patterns. In science, this way of thinking is known as “systems thinking.” In this workshop, Fritjof Capra and Linda Booth Sweeney will review the history and basic characteristics of systems thinking and will then discuss how it can be applied to better understand and manage human organizations.
Fritjof will begin by reviewing the historical stages of systems thinking, including the recently developed complexity theory, and will then discuss some of the key characteristics of living systems — networks, the coexistence of stability and change, self-organization, and the spontaneous emergence of novelty. He will end by highlighting the similarities and differences of biological and social networks.
Linda will show how this systems approach is being used for better problem definition and solving that focuses on interconnections and dynamics, rather than on parts in isolation. Increasingly, a systems approach drives the search for solutions for the problems we face in the environment, engineering, and in human societies and on a wide variety of issues, related to energy use, childhood obesity, food system resilience, climate change, escalating violence, and more.
Common to most systems approaches is a process by which stakeholders come to understand the key variables and trends in the system. Using a variety of group mapping and modeling processes, the next phase is to make the system visible. With a collective understanding of the underlying structure or cause and effect relationships that make up the system of interest, key stakeholders are primed for more productive conversations about key areas of leverage and long-term goals for strategic improvement.
Do I need to be an OSR or BGI Alumni or current student to take this workshop?
- No – this workshop is open to everyone.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
- We recommend you take public transportation to BGI if possible. There is no free parking and parking spaces in Pioneer Square are limited.
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- All sales for this course are final. BGI will not refund your purchase in the case that you cancel or are unable to attend the course.
I would like to begin by introducing myself and my work to you. For the past thirty years, my professional life has had two sides. I am a scientist and science writer, and I also work as an environmental educator and activist. I would like to tell you a little about both of these sides and show you how they are in fact interrelated.
I was trained as a physicist and spent twenty years, from 1965-85, doing research in theoretical high energy physics. From my early student years, I was fascinated by the dramatic changes of concepts and ideas that occurred in physics during the first three decades of the twentieth century. In my first book, The Tao of Physics (1975), I discussed the profound change in our worldview that was brought about by the conceptual revolution in physics — a change from the mechanistic worldview of Descartes and Newton to a holistic and ecological view.
In my subsequent research and writing, I engaged in a systematic exploration of a central theme: the fundamental change of world view, or change of paradigms, that is now also occurring in the other sciences and in society; the unfolding of a new vision of reality, and the social implications of this cultural transformation.
Linda Booth Sweeney
Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D. is an award-winning author, researcher and educator, who is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn to infuse everyday decisions with a deeper understanding of living systems principles. Her aim is to get systems literacy and sustainability deeply embedded in the world of young people. Through talks, seminars and long-term engagements, Linda translates the ideas of systems theory into curricular, school and organizational transformation. Her particular passion is helping young people discover their own natural systems intelligence through innovative books and articles, website content and computer simulations. Following work with Outward Bound, Linda received her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2004She is the author of several books, including The Systems Thinking Playbook, When a Butterfly Sneezes: A guide for helping children explore interconnections in our world through favorite stories and The SEED Water Book (translated into seven languages) and the Healthy Chickens, Healthy Pastures Playkit (Creative Learning Exchange/Audubon, 2010). Her most recent book, Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems (and its companion CD) is translated into 9 languages and won awards at the 2011 New York and San Francisco Book Festivals. Her work has been published by Highlights Magazine for Children, and her first picture book, When the Wind Blows, will be published by Putnam, in 2014.