6 September – 8 October, 2021

Introduction to Systems Thinking 2021

ONLINE & FACILITATED. This course is an opportunity to build a global system of systems leaders who help their organizations to discover meaningful missions that will transition our ways of living on the planet to become sustainable and resilient.

Expand your understanding of systems thinking and take charge of your ability to leverage the outcomes in your systems and to make them sustainable and resilient.

Making sustainability happen and turning conscience into action is an act of systems leadership. It requires not only habits that bring out the leadership in each one of us, but the ability to see the whole, as well as the discipline of systems to align the purposes of those who come together to participate in systems. It requires abilities to recognize places to intervene in the system. It requires abilities to shape and design new systems to be sustainable and resilient.

Short Description

The Introduction to Systems Thinking course brings together people who are motivated to influence or lead systems, not just organizations. It equips participants with the ability to recognize the systems that they are a part of, its constituents, the purpose that binds them together, and the places to intervene in the system.

The course will:

  • build individual and organizational capacity to address the systemic problems and challenges in their contexts;
  • provide participants an opportunity to develop habits to see the whole, not just the parts; and
  • enhance participants’ capacities to become systems leaders able to help their organizations to discover meaningful missions that will contribute to planetary well-being.

This course will have live sessions every week that will be recorded for those who might not be able to attend.


Anupam Saraph

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Systems thinker, Future Designer, and scientist, Anupam Saraph established the actor-based understanding of systems laying the foundation of the practice of change research and future design, as a means to create symbiotic, sustainable, anti-fragile, and resilient systems.

His research for the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in 1993-94, gave rise to actor based modelling that models the interaction of individual actors in a system, allowing them to recognize the consequences of their actions and search for interventions that accomplish the common purposes of their systems.

He has been applying actor-based understanding of systems and the principles of governance of complex systems to design legislation, policy, strategy, and business models. He works with leaders, and mentors’ teams, to help them to identify their systems, recognize the common purposes of its actors, and accomplish their toughest shared challenge – their mission. Professor Saraph holds a Ph.D. on Designing and exploring sustainable systems, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, and B.Sc. in Zoology, Pune University

He also serves on the boards of Public and Private Sector companies and NGOs and as a Professor of Sustainability and Governance of Complex Systems at universities in Asia, Europe and the United States.