Type: Lesson

Level: College

Subject: Foresight

Category: Teach the Future Materials

Keywords: complexity, model, pattern, system
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Introduction to Systems Thinking
Andreas Ligtvoet

If we hope to understand, anticipate, and influence change, we must understand how the systems and structures that underlie our society function. Systems thinking is a way of looking at the world that looks for patterns, regularities, and commonalities and helps us us understand the complexities of how things work. This lesson will introduce students to the basics of systems thinking and modeling so that they are better equipped to recognize systems at work and understand their influence on our lives.