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Master class: Systems Thinking for Impact on Sustainable Development

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Systems Thinking Masterclass for Impact on Sustainable Development

Presented by: The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS)

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them" Albert Einstein.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a transformative development agenda through collaboration between the public, private and civil society sectors. This emphasis on partnerships rightly acknowledges the interconnections between social equity, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity. Yet working across sectors on complex social, environmental and economic problems is challenging!

The purpose of this Masterclass is to provide development practitioners with an understanding of Systems Thinking as an approach to help us engage with complexities of sustainable development. By taking a holistic perspective, new opportunities emerge which can help to address underlying causes of social, environmental and economic injustice.

Masterclass objectives:

  • Provide a conceptual and applied understanding of systems thinking as a way to grapple with the complexity of sustainable development, particularly with your own projects

  • Skill participants in differentiating complex problems from other types of problems and practicing a variety of practical tools to apply systems thinking, including application to case study scenarios

  • Use systems thinking to identify opportunities for multi-sector partnerships in development in the context of the 2030 SDGs

  • Explore the use of systems thinking to multiple aspects of development – within the project cycle; support country and thematic strategy development and working with in-country partners.

Training approach:

  • The Masterclass is highly interactive involving games, group discussion and exercises to use practical tools and resources. The Masterclass will alternate between presentation and small group interactive work and ensure a balance of information presentation and practical use in context. Case study scenarios will be offered to ground theoretical approaches in practice. Participants will also be asked to draw on their own project work to apply new knowledge to local settings. Take home reference materials will be provided to participants.

Participants:

The Masterclass is registered as a side-event of the RDI Conference, 2017. The Masterclass is directed towards those working in the development sector, particularly NGO practitioners in Australia and their in-country partners. The Masterclass is also relevant to business and government sectors. It is pitched at beginner/intermediate levels. A maximum of 30 participants will be accommodated.

This is a pilot Masterclass. This and a workshop on Applying Collaborative Approaches and Systems Thinking, by ACFID and its Development Practice Committee, will exchange experiences for ongoing refinement of resources on systems thinking for development practice.

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