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Skillshare Breakfast: Systems Thinking for Change

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Can people change systems?

Can social entrepreneurs change systems?

Can you change systems?


How?

This month at our Skillshare Breakfast, we are talking about systems thinking.

Whether you are a social entrepreneur, or work for an organisation that aims to solve a complex problem, we will be addressing ways how we can create a lasting impact while addressing social and environmental challenges.

This workshop aims to introduce change makers to think in terms of systems and find leverage points, rather than address symptoms of complex problems, in order to unlock long-term change. The perspectives learned in this workshop apply to any complex societal challenge, including, but not limited to, climate change.


✅ How to identify different types of problems and what complex problems are

✅ How to navigate through complex problems

✅ What systems actually are, and why we should care

✅ What systems thinking is and how it can help us navigate complex problems like climate change

✅ The myths and misconceptions of systems change

✅ The role of systems thinking in social innovation and social entrepreneurship

✅ and more…

After this interactive talk with real-life examples, the stage will be yours, where you will have time to ask specific questions.

The workshop is designed for people who have no experience or knowledge in systems thinking.


Why do we need systems thinking for 2030?

Our world is changing at an increasingly faster pace, and it is getting increasingly harder to predict, analyse or interpret. The complex problems that we want to solve in the world are no different. Meanwhile, we have been making two crucial mistakes;

1. We provide solutions to small parts of the big problem, and assume that our solutions will have a somewhat predictable outcome. In complex environments, we see that this is not true for different reasons.

2. The second mistake is something that makes the first one worse. We try to simplify challenges by ignoring interdependencies. The world’s most challenging problems in the next decade will be increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Whether it is education systems, climate change or gender equality, it is often ineffective to address these issues from one perspective.

This is where systems thinking comes into play as a way to analyse and interpret the interconnectedness of elements. It gives us a way to see the big picture, see the relationships and attempt to identify leverage points that can support meaningful, constructive change.


About our presenter:

Okan McAllister is the founder of ONE DAY (https://www.oneday.at), a systems innovation process that results in an annual conference for change makers of all sorts that believe in “less talking, more doing”. He has taken international stages ranging from the United Nations to European Forum Alpbach, talking about social entrepreneurship and societal change. He was featured as a guest lecturer at the University of Economics and Business Vienna (WU Wien) as well as several conferences talking about systems thinking and systems change.

As a social entrepreneur, Okan is also the founder of the award winning social enterprise PRIME MOVERS as well as kindby, Mission Liftoff among others and currently serves as a mentor for social entrepreneurs in different international organisations.


About #10SkillsFor2030:

2020 is a special year for Impact Hub Vienna: It has been 10 years since Impact Hub Vienna opened its doors (celebrate with us at #10YearsIHV!) and we have 10 years left to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Based on the OECD Learning Compass 2030, we’ve identified 10 skills needed for changemakers to make the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 a reality. Each of our Skillshare Breakfasts this year will focus on one of these skills to help you create a world that works for all. Curious? Learn more here: https://www.oecd.org/education/2030-project/


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