San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The May session for Systems Thinking Ontario will continue the discussion on Soft Systems Methodology begun in the April 2015 session.
- Last time, we were working on SSM Step 2: "The Situation Defined", with a rich picture.
- This time, we will focus on SSM Step 3: "Root Definitions of Relevant Systems".
Here's the theme description from April:
When change is systemic, rather than incremental, friction may arise from (a variety of) prior ways of thinking about situations. Every individual has a different worldview that may or may not be visible to others. Attempting to "solve" a "problem" often reveals a more complex "system of problems", known either as a problematique or a mess.
As an case exercise on which to try out SSM, we will work through some of the 7 stages by role-playing parties involved in a current situation. MaRS had developed a Systems Change initiative on Entrepreneurial Thinking. For the benefit of students, MaRS has created an Entrepreneurial Thinking Toolkit for K-12 Educators, and has been engaging with teachers in the Toronto District School Board on ways that the materials could be used. In addition, MaRS is offering Future Leaders Bootcamp for Teens five day sessions for two cohorts in July.
Tim Lloyd graciously volunteered to capture the progress made in April as a starting point for May.
See the prereadings at http://wiki.st-on.org/2015-05-20.
When & Where
David Ing is past-president (2011-2012) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He resides in Toronto.