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Social Innovation and Systems Thinking

The class provides an overview of ecosystem mapping, systems thinking, and innovation theory, as well as specific methods and tools curated or initiated by The Rockefeller Foundation and similar thought leaders. Gain an understanding of the forces and interrelationships that shape behaviors within systems in order to find gaps or opportunities for change, using social innovations as a primary mechanism to break from previous practices and to accelerate change. During the course, you will use real-life case studies to show how the different principles, key concepts, and visions of ecosystem mapping and systems thinking are crucial to sustaining and producing social innovations.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Tools for recognizing and utilizing innovation to transform social issues and create system change
  • An understanding that systems are composed of interconnected parts and that the connections cause the behavior of one part to affect others
  • The ability to analyze systems, causal chains, causal loops, and feedback loops

Ideal for

  • Anyone who seeks to design solutions for social change, using concrete tools such as systems thinking and ecosystems mapping
  • Those who are interested in innovation theory and want to learn about innovation tools

1 section

  • Spring 2019

    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2019
    • Date

      Mar 27 - Apr 24
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Spodek, Joshua
    • Location

      Midtown Center