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Lesson: System Thinking

The aim of the lesson is to introduce the idea of System Thinking and its basic tools.

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During the lesson the following questions will be considered: Why do we need system thinking? What is a system? What is system thinking? What is the basic system thinking tools including system thinking archetypes? Why and how to model systems? How to find Leverage points (points to intervene)?

This lesson will help you to build up the awareness of a wide range of the usability of system thinking skills in problem-solving, design, communication, management and sustainable development, etc. It also allow you to acquire the skills of the identifying and modeling systems. Moreover, it encourage you to practice system thinking skills every day to better understand the dynamical complexity of the world.

Course Staff

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Katarzyna Rędzińska, PhD

Katarzyna Rędzińska (Ph.D.) is a landscape architect, and assistant professor at Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography, Department of Spatial Planning and Environmental Sciences. Her research interest concern the integrated landscape planning and design with focus on an environmental (ecological) approach. She is an author and co-author of eighteen projects in landscape architecture, two of them awarded.


Meadows, D.H., Wright, D., 2008. Thinking in systems : a primer. Chelsea Green Pub., White River Junction, Vt.

Senge, P.M., 2006. The fifth discipline : the art and practice of the learning organization, Rev. and updated. ed. Doubleday/Currency, New York.

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