Systems Thinking in Schools Institute
St. Louis, Missouri
May 8, 2010, 8:30-10:00

“The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.” -Peter Senge

Presentation Title:
Developing a Systems Thinking Environment “Successive Approximation”

Presentation Description:
As practitioners we all have something to add to the conversation and we know that coming together for a “meeting of the minds” and sharing our unique experiences will be mutually beneficial to all.  It is my goal to guide this session by facilitating a Socratic seminar around the following question “What ought a systems thinking environment look like?”, specifically focusing on a short list of key ideas generated by participants.  Following the Socratic seminar discussion, a presentation on available resources and best practices will be shared.


8:30  Introductions
What’s working for you?
What do you want to try?

8:45   Socratic Seminar
Individual Activity-
Small Group Discussion
Whole Group Discussion
Individual Reflection

9:30  Sharing Systems Thinking Resources

Socratic Seminar: “What ought a systems thinking environment look like?”

Ranking Question

Study this list of key words and phrases, choose three, and rank them according to their importance to developing a systems thinking environment. Then explain your thinking.

  • autonomy
  • engagement
  • relevant
  • creative
  • interdependent
  • complexity
  • challenging
  • unintended consequences
  • motivation
  • creativity
  • collaboration
  • independence
  • academic freedom
  • time
  • goal setting
  • diversity
  • symbiotic
  • enthusiasm
  • creativity
  • humility
  • listening
  • hope
  • nature
  • communication
  • self-evaluation
  • integrative
  • risk taking
  • critical thinking
  • disequilibrium
  • empathy
  • courage
  • problem solving
  • attitude
  • beginners mind (elenchus)
  • respectful
  • quality
  • vulnerability
  • goal-gap/corrective actions/current reality

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