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Systemic Design for Social Innovation

Dates: July 5, 2019 – July 27, 2019

Location: Humber Lakeshore Campus

Students will learn how to apply a systemic design framework to a complex social problem. An introduction to systems thinking will enable students to gain a deep understanding of how the social system works and learn how its stakeholders independently influence the system. Using a human-centred, design thinking process, students will work in multidisciplinary teams to investigate opportunities within the social system and formulate possible areas for intervention. Finally, student teams will learn how to develop a convincing narrative to present their solution using a sustainable business model canvas.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Analyze and understand a complex social problem using a systems thinking approach;
  2. Explain the most common archetypes in systems thinking;
  3. Identify key stakeholders in mapping the social system;
  4. Recognize opportunities for intervention in the system;
  5. Understand the value of and describe the importance of using human-centred design when working within complex social systems;
  6. Apply the design thinking process to co-create ideas and prototype potential solutions;
  7. Develop a convincing narrative to present potential solutions to an expert panel;
  8. Create a team dossier to communicate recommendations to improve the complex social system;
  9. Use a systemic design framework to approach other complex problems.