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