Systems Thinking for Resilience - Digital Lesson

LOOPY model of the impact Covid-19 has had on a person
Resource Summary
Looking for a way to get started with the LOOPY tool? The Systems Thinking for Resilience learning module will provide a short video introduction to systems thinking and a quick LOOPY tutorial to help you start modeling a system that is personally meaningful to you. Participants will be asked to engage in reflective practice as they create a system model that answers the question, "How might a big change send ripple effects through your life and what actions can you take to build or maintain resilience during uncertain times?".
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How might a big event send ripple effects through your life and what actions can you take to build or maintain resilience during uncertain times?

In this video, we will introduce systems thinking as an approach to problem solving and understanding the world. We will explore how adopting systems thinking habits can help us to become aware of how we function within broader contexts and how we can take positive actions to become more resilient during tough times.

To look more closely at the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker introduced in the video, you can download the cards as a 1-page PDF document with key questions found on the Waters Center for Systems Thinking website or check out the interactive card set which includes additional information on each of the habits and further questions to ponder.

How about you?

We invite you to think about how a big event might impact different aspects of your life. Reflect on your situation within broader contexts and create a Loopy to explore how interactions in the big picture have caused ripple effects in your day-to-day life.

We recognize that depending on the event you choose, you may focus on a range of impacts including those that are positive, negative, or a bit of both. Regardless of what changes you choose to highlight in your Loopy model, we encourage you to press play and watch your system in motion.

As you build and play with your model, capture your reflections in a video or audio recording or a journal entry.

  • What do you notice?
  • What do you wonder?
  • What's going on in your system?

Share your insights with others. If you want to share your reflection with a supportive community, feel free to record a Flipgrid video and share your thoughts with us!