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SCHOOL OF SYSTEMIC CHANGE

A global community of change agents


learning-by-doing approach for accelerating
sustainable future

Big Issues - Big Changes - Big Actions

WHY ​ School of System Change?

In the face of complex challenges, there are not enough people operating with the capacity
to shift systems. In this global emerging area of practice, people need to learn from one
another’s experience so they aren’t starting from scratch. Building a global community of
change agents is our best chance to accelerate a transition to a sustainable future. That's
why our objective is to is to equip people with the capabilities to lead system change
initiatives addressing complex sustainability challenges.

Forming a global community of change agents to tackle complex challenges and accelerate
a transition to a sustainable future. Big issues, big changes, need big actions.

Learning-by-doing experience, encouraging active, empirical learning to draw innovative


ways of thinking and best practices to rethink problems and solutions. The best way for
students to learn is by being active: when students are thinking critically and deeply, when
they are relating new information to their existing world, and when they are actively sharing
and contributing to their learning community.
WHAT ​ vision of the school

Our vision is to equip people with the capabilities to lead system change initiatives
addressing complex sustainability challenges.

Joining other pioneering programs such as ASHOKA C&A Foundation Fabric of Change
initiative

Interdisciplinary projects:
Understanding the interconnections of problems and as well as source for solutions.

Systems thinking is the practice to integrate multiple perspectives and synthesise them for
real world, complex situations and problems. This school is the setting of multicultural team,
global and peer-to-peer learning environment to source innovative solutions.

learning experiences

learning new competencies: familiarising with sustainability and green initiatives, creating local and
global platforms for accelerating sustainable development.

becoming part of a global team of changemakers transforming sustainability practices into


reality.

Real-life, real projects - working with real clients on real project to experiment and develop concrete
projects making systems change reality.

IDEA ​ 5 concepts that school is based on

Connecting​ different actors and organisations so that radical ideas and innovations can be
joined up with each other and help shift systems.

Creating the space​ for the emergence of innovations and active networks of practitioners.
Co-creating a global network of global social innovation ecosystems labs
Learning-by-doing projects​, to engage students with real problems and challenge them to
think real solutions that already can make difference. There is no time to take action like
now.

Understanding​ the types of problems, solutions, theories, methods and tools: system
change as a tool to accelerate sustainable development

Bold thinking​ new problems new solutions, young people empowerment by listening and
themselves being able to think, construct and realise solutions-based projects.

The Systems approach in education

The future education must reflect a flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing world needs and so
it must include an appreciation of the central role that education play in human development.
Through the use of a systemic approach it is possible to teach people in most areas of
human activity to practice a more global view of the core science and social relationships.

Closed-cluster concept maps: In the systemic approach, we can organize subjects in


closed-cluster concept maps, where we can find an implication of multi-pathway
relationships which may be revealed at the moment of studying or later. All the relationships
in a closed cluster need not be explicitly taught, but they are there to be used as necessary.

Systemic teaching: The usual approach to teaching a subject involves arranging the
associated concepts in a linear manner. However, the linear approach is often highly
subjective and it may obscure relationships that students can understand. The systemic
technique involves organizing the concepts associated with a subject to show the
interrelationships among the concepts.

Fuente: Fahmy y Lagowski (2011)

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The Systems approach in education

The future education must reflect a flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing world needs and so
it must include an appreciation of the central role that education play in human development.
Through the use of a systemic approach it is possible to teach people in most areas of
human activity to practice a more global view of the core science and social relationships.

Closed-cluster concept maps: In the systemic approach, we can organize subjects in


closed-cluster concept maps, where we can find an implication of multi-pathway
relationships which may be revealed at the moment of studying or later. All the relationships
in a closed cluster need not be explicitly taught, but they are there to be used as necessary.
Systemic teaching: The usual approach to teaching a subject involves arranging the
associated concepts in a linear manner. However, the linear approach is often highly
subjective and it may obscure relationships that students can understand. The systemic
technique involves organizing the concepts associated with a subject to show the
interrelationships among the concepts.

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now
requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions
and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.