Mondays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1/28 – 2/25, Olympia Senior Center
We live in complex and challenging times. What perspective, or mindset, can help us make meaning of the complexity? How should we respond to what is emerging? The practice of systems thinking – of cultivating systems intelligence – is essential to understanding what is happening in our world. This class will provide solid grounding in the habits of systems thinkers by addressing these questions: What do we mean by ‘systems?’ How can we think more systemically? What does it mean to recognize interdependence? How can we find leverage to address complex challenges? Why do some solutions generate more problems? This is a highly interactive and participatory workshop, including somatic exercises, solo reflection, and a variety of learning conversations. We all have the capacity to think systemically, and this class will reveal and revive our capacity. $10 materials fee for a set of the Habits of a Systems Thinker cards. To register and pay, please contact 360.586.6181. General Public/Members: $48/$42
Steve Byers teaches systems thinking in a graduate leadership program at St. Mary’s College of California. He works with leadership teams and organizations to increase effectiveness by cultivating systems awareness and a learning mindset. He serves on the Board of Directors at Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) and is part of the Athena Group consulting consortium. Steve also grows food and flowers, makes pickles, helps with grandchildren, enjoys time in a kayak, and hosts the First Wednesday Conversation about systems thinking and leadership.