innovating systems thinking: methods, practice and leadership

~ gathering for peer learning and co-creation


the call 

for participants

we are convening the systems thinking community 

  • to share, learn, experiment and progress our systems thinking methods, practice and leadership 

we are seeking systems thinkers

  • from all sectors and areas of work, but especially from across geographies and scale of work 


we are seeking systems thinkers who:

  • have a solid and established understanding of systems thinking concepts and methods and are actively engaged in applying systems thinking in their work 

  • are creatively experimenting in their work to push beyond standard systems thinking methods and practice to explore relationships, dynamics, diverse perspectives, and attention to boundaries

  • are operating from a place of learning, complexity, and uncertainty

  • value sharing and building together, who are willing to reflect on what does and does not work and continue to grow from there


We had a ball! 

Stay Tuned for resources and insights on what we learned

february 11-12 2020, melbourne

our focus 

we are bringing together a systems community for two days of inspiration and exchange in Melbourne on February 11-12 2020.  our aim is to strengthen our capacity individually and collectively across Oceania, for systems thinking leadership and practice through peer knowledge exchange.  as convenors of this space we are not ‘presenting the answers’ or acting as experts. we are creating an opportunity for our community to learn and build together - creating new insights from the sum of the whole.


what we build and create together will be open sourced and made available to all participants for their use under the collective commons agreement. 


we currently have a small team co-creating our gathering, and some of the key aspects we will explore include:

  • systems leadership

  • enabling self-care and sustainability for our work 

  • innovations and experiments in systems methods and practice 

  • bringing our funders along on the journey 

  • connecting our community and building learning ties 

  • reflecting on our practice and the field 


the gathering will be a mix of activities to strengthen our community connections, develop our personal capacities, hear from other practitioners and draw from the group brain to further create and innovate.  


we continue to refine the design of the workshop and build on what we hear from those who are keen to join.  we’ll even have some sessions unaccounted for so that we can allow space to respond to emergent needs and ideas in the room.  the outline of the gathering will be available as the event approaches.  


you are invited to join our co-creation team - keep reading :)



this gathering will be highly interactive and participatory.  we’ll shift between playful activities, peer learning sessions, community building activities and quiet reflection.  you will be a contributor, a builder, a listener and a supporter. in this space we will ask people to draw on their experience and knowledge and to share that with the group. we will ask you to work together with others in the room to build new insight and understanding, to innovate and create together.  

this is not a space for observers, arm-chair experts, formal presentations or one-way speaking.   

it’s going to be pretty awesome :)

not sure if this event is for you?

in this event we are inviting participants who have been travelling the systems thinking journey for a little while and are actively applying and practicing systems thinking. are you just starting out on your systems journey and wanting to learn more? 

here are two great places to get started: 

systems community of practice 

waters foundation: systems thinking 

help us make magic happen

become a sponsor

imagine a graphic facilitator in the background creating beautiful imagery in real time to capture our learning. 

consider how transcripts of our sessions can facilitate rich and insightful resources that capture what we created in the room. 

reflect on the value of inclusiveness and recall that we can do so much better to make our gatherings diverse and inclusive for all.

ponder what is possible if we diffuse everything we build, further out into the system…  

help us make this gathering even more spectacular by supporting its capacity to do more, to honour what is offered and share it out into the system.  

what can you dream up for us? 

if you’d like to support the event by sponsoring a scholarship or activity, donate towards our open source process to distribute our outcomes, or something else we haven’t thought of we’d love to hear from you.  connect with us


our sponsors


About the Institute for Health Transformation

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