International, India, United States of America

2 – 2 September, 2020

Webinar: Systems Thinking, the skill to build sustainable, resilient systems and survive in a Post-COVID-19 world

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 at 8:00am Costa Rica time
(=10:00am EST)

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. It has exposed our inability to ensure respect and care for the community of life. It has exposed our threats to ecological integrity. It has made visible our failure to ensure social and economic justice. It is testing democracy, non-violence, and peace. It has exposed our failure to leverage the outcomes of our systems to make them sustainable and resilient.

Systems thinking provides us with the ability to leverage the outcomes in our systems and to make them sustainable and resilient. It provides us with the ability to build respect and care for the community of life. It provides us with the ability to protect ecological integrity, ensure social and economic justice, and strengthen democracy, non-violence, and peace. It is our means to turn our conscience to action.

As we look ahead into a post-COVID-19 world, Earth Charter International is putting together a powerful panel to address our most important skill to a post-COVID world. We ask our panelists how Systems Thinking and Systems Leadership will build sustainable and resilient systems and help us to survive and thrive.

This webinar will offer a space to address the following questions:

  • Why are sustainable systems important for the survival of human beings?
  • How do you recognize the systems you want to sustain?
  • Why is systems thinking an essential skill for survival in a post-COVID-19 world?
  • The what and the how of Systems Leadership?
  • How can Systems Thinking help accomplish the visions of international initiatives like the Earth Charter, UN Declaration of Human Rights, SDGs, The Paris Agreement, and other international initiatives?

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Moderator: Mirian Vilela, ECI Executive Director


Anupam Saraph, Systems thinker, Future Designer, and scientist. Professor of Sustainability and Governance of Complex Systems.

Chris Beehner, Business professor at Seminole State College of Florida and book author “System Leadership for Sustainability.”

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome.

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