We help people to come together and co-creatively tackle complex problems
By combining Systems Thinking and Design, we serve to make change efforts more approachable, dialogic and impactful. We offer an engaging, interdisciplinary journey to collaboratively create a clear, actionable narrative for systems change.
Why embrace complexity?
The Global Leadership Survey, released by the World Economic Forum, named Complex Problem Solving as the most important skill of the 21st century. The unprecedented challenges of our time increase the scale and complexity of our actions. We face fundamental shifts, from digitalisation to multidimensional and global, ecological, social, economical and political issues.
Conventional ways of problem solving do not account for complex problems: With a fragmented perspective, a lack of shared understanding and short-term focus we might fail to achieve the desired impact, or might even worsen the situation. It is time to develop a new thinking – for impactful action.
The Systemic Design approach
We take you on a co-creative and participatory journey, where we bring together the power of Systems Thinking, in unveiling complexity, and the strength of Design, in creating empathy, visualizing, synthesizing, and prototyping, which enables you to embrace complexity and to tackle wicked problems.
Our Systemic Design Process
Systems Thinking and Design doing in synergy.
“Systems thinking is a context for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots”
Our Workshop Formats
Systems Primer Workshop
In this workshop you get an introduction into Systemic Design, starting with how we see the world, exploring relevant perspectives, and determining the critical elements, key actors and most common system dysfunctions. We integrate perspectives from different stakeholders and build a common understanding of the current system regarding your challenge. We uncover all relevant elements of the system and jointly create a systems map which visualizes relationships, causes and effects. Building on that we identify leverage points and design your system interventions and develop your individual narrative for change.
3h – 3 days
Create system interventions tackling your challenge
Design a coherent visual representation (Systems Map) on how to navigate change
Get shared understanding, between all stakeholders involved
Get a introduction into Systemic Design and its potential and
a Hands-on Systemic Design experience
We envision a world where people are unafraid to make the change that matters
The Systemic Design Group is a community-of-practice, founded in order to undertake the complex socio-technical issues we are facing. We seek to make Systems Thinking more approachable and Design Thinking more impactful, to co-create clarity in complexity. We embrace surprises and anomalies. We thrive to help shape the conditions for the emerging new.
Sebastian Wolf Siebzehnrübl
Sebastian is a lateral thinker who guides change in organisations. For more than 20 years he has been working worldwide as a consultant and facilitator on the crossroads of organisations and design, whereby his primary focus as a systemic organisational consultant is on helping to design future possibilities for organisations and to make work become more human digital age - via connecting people with topics. Or as the late Robert Jungk put it: “Turning the affected into the involved – a creative design of the future”.
He curates conversations, also conflictive ones, to create clarity in complexity. In fact, he considers himself to perform best when things get messy, when problems turn out to be wicked.
Sebastian helps to highlight interdependency and generate comprehension of systemic patterns, (co-creatively) unveiling relationships that are integral and woven into complex fabric of issues - for new patterns, new causations, to become visible and to (collectively) respond to them with a greater understanding (and impact).
In addition, Sebastian is the founder of antepostnow lab (www.antepostnow.com), a moonshot project helping to make sense of Big Data, to develop the capacities to make sense of the data - connecting data with context and vision with metrics.
Change and crossing cultures have been the defining aspects of Sebastian's life since childhood. Working in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish, he has lived and worked on 3 continents. Sebastian returned to Europe in 2012 and currently lives in Berlin with his Colombian wife and their three children.
Fabian is a User-Experience-Designer, Innovation Strategist, and Entrepreneur with a focus on Social Innovation. He holds a Bachelor in Communication Design from the HTWG Constance and studied Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam. During his ten years of professional experience, he worked for design- and innovation agencies in the field of digital product development and co-founded the Education Innovation Lab in Berlin, which specializes in the development of innovative learning environments, formats, and materials.
Currently, he works as an Innovation Consultant for social Start-Up’s and institutions in the public sector. He is an expert for social innovation, the future of learning, and digital product development.
Virginie is a designer (or change maker) who believes in the power of places and togetherness. Since her studies at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris, she use her design skills to inspire and facilitate participative innovation process where people imagine together future experiences from shopping or working to care. She collaborated with international players like Henkel, Beirsdorf, Nestlé, CBRE, Roche, Colgate-Palmolive, UNHCR, Nexity…
Lately, she had been focusing on permaculture and transition design in an attempt to co-design more desirable futures that she envision local, inclusive and regenerative.”
To better understand the dynamics of the world around us and take actions that have positive long-term impact, Gian believes Systems Thinking is a particularly useful methodology.
His areas of expertise are strategic planning, process management, quantitative modelling & data analysis. He has worked on Systems Thinking projects with public institutes, NGOs and various private organizations. Currently he works with an NGO applying quantitative systems thinking and data analysis to help governments achieving the SDGs. Further, he co-founded Mosaik Systems, a consultancy to develop systems thinking skills, tools and infrastructure to enable continuous evidence-based planning.
He holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD; Norway and Portugal) and an MSc. in Business Administration & Modelling from Radboud University (Netherlands).
Alecs interests in how information is structured, analyzed, and used for decision making have been the driving force for his work in strategy and operations. While leading an organizational change initiative over the past 4 years, he employed systems perspective through the collection of new data streams and the development of a new reporting and communication infrastructure. He works as a Policy Analyst and Process Consultant an international NGO developing governmental capacities for achieving the SDGs.
He is also a co-founder of Mosaik Systems to develop tools & infrastructure in organizations to institutionalize Systems Thinking. His current and past roles have helped him to build an integrated understanding of organizational operations from strategy development, project management, manufacturing processes, design and engineering, accounting, and human resources.
He holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD; Norway and Portugal), an MSc in Business Administration & Modelling from Radboud University (Netherlands), a BA in Organizational Psychology (USA) and a BA in East Asian Languages & Culture: Chinese Politics (USA, China)
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