Get into an opportunity mindset
Many people avoid addressing sustainability due to legacy issues of misunderstanding what it's about and how to apply it from a business perspective. Learn how to lead with sustainability in a way that everyone can get behind, in positive and progressive ways.
Gain: Understanding and capabilities in systems thinking, mapping and application. Bust through myths about what sustainability is, and what it isn't.
Build: Be inspired and motivated by the opportunity and possibility that sustainability offers, overcome the reductions perspectives and build divergent thinking skills to solve any problems.
Identify: Areas of potential change and possibility for your company or organization.
Show: Your community and customers that you are serious about sustainability, product stewardship and your corporate responsibility.
Systems thinking is one of the most powerful tools we have to understand and change the world. Organizations who employ a systems approach to sustainability instantly gain the deep understanding that everything is interconnected and can build truly innovative outcomes from this new way of approaching problems.
Everything you see around you has been created by humans and/or our technological creations, through a process of design. Look around you — the chair you are sitting on, the glasses you are seeing through, the devices sitting in your pocket, all of these are designed. Someone, somewhere has decided on how to take materials from nature and form them into a functional thing that has perceived value and is thus then used for a period of time before being discarded. This is how the linear system works, and it is inherently unsustainable.
The world is made up of complex interconnected systems that govern every element and aspect of our lives, from the air we breathe to the work we do. From the way we entertain ourselves to the cultural conditions that govern our happiness levels, we are constantly interacting with systems. But systems literacy is low; years of reductionist and siloed education have resulted in very linear thinking paradigms. In order to overcome this and develop the thinking tools that can lead to systems change and increase capabilities in a sustainable and circular economy, we need to quickly and effectively translate complex systems thinking into obtainable and actionable thinking processes.
We are the leading provider of creative interventions that leverage and affect positive social change through the development of toolkits and recourse that overcome intrinsic barriers to change. We tackle critical issues in fun and provocative ways and seek to disrupt the way we converse and engage with both the circular economy and systems thinking, so everyone on Earth can engage with the thinking and doing tools needed to enact and lead systems change initiatives
HOW IT WORKS
Sessions are delivered in-house, and our deep expertise in sustainability and systems thinking theory and application can be tailored to the level of knowledge transfer your teams needs.
From basic introductions to advanced systems mapping and modelling using the latest online tools, our systems thinking and sustainability workshops are some of the best on the market.
- Systems principles
- Systems mapping tools and techniques (analog and digital)
- Systems dynamics and archetypes
- Feedback loops
- Complexity and chaos
- Overcoming reductionism
- Systems interventions (advanced training)
- Myth-busting what sustainability is (dynamic case studies)
- Background and development of the 3 tiers of sustainable development
- The opportunity lens
- Innovation through sustainability
- Moving beyond sustainability to regeneration
- Sustainable Design Strategies (on request)
A full day workshop for 40 participants was curated to allow a diverse array of industry representatives to explore sustainable design, systems thinking and disruptive design techniques.
Very empowering with many great insights and simple techniques we can use to take a fresh look at what we currently do and how we could look for alternatives, for a more sustainable and lower impact packaging.
— APC workshop participant
take our SELF-ASSESSMENT tool
Identify where you ARE in your organization‘s sustainability journey AND how this workshop can be customized FOR your growth goals
CURIOUS TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE WITH YOUR SUSTAINABILITY GOALS?
Chances are that if you've ended up here, you know there's some progress to be made. We have worked on many projects where the understanding of ‘where we’re at’ is not clear, so we developed this self-assessment tool to help you on your journey.
On the scale below, select which answers best suite your current culture within your organization.
Write down your answers, and once you have answered all the questions, tally up your points and check the chart to see where you land.
A note on terms:
We use the term ‘sustainability’ to encompass the concepts of environmental, social and economic considerations of actions within an organisation so that the outcome is better for the planet and people.
We also use this term to encompass important concepts and transitions such as the Circular Economy and Regenerative Design.
Where do you land?
Based on your final point score (out of a total of 42) rate yourself on your progress level with our self assessment tool and see the recommendations for where you can go next in your sustainability journey.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and you are clearly ready and willing! So let’s start the journey together. We can help identify and fill the gaps you need to get started and build the internal capacity to make positive change. Leadership takes courage, and the first step is always identifying what deficits you have so you can design solutions to overcome them.
Starting out is hard, but you have leapt over the hurdle and are now picking up momentum. You know that change is important, and that it has to happen. You are taking action in some ways, but know that you need to improve in others. In particular, your team’s cohesion to the new path needs to be established and you need the tools to get to the level of mastery you desire.
Mid way there! You are ahead of many of your competitors, and well established on the path towards the circular economy. You have taken action, started your internal transitions and training and made sure that lots of people are activated and participating at the right level. You know where your gaps are and are working hard to fill them so that you can transition to the next level and lead your industry.
We can help you get there by delivering workshops of advanced systems thinking and innovation through the circular economy. our CEO coaching and leadership training would also help you get to the next level fast.
This is a great place to be, so congratulations on getting to this advanced level in your journey! You have been working hard, getting the knowledge and skills needed to make sure that everything you do is on point. Nearly everyone is along for the ride, and you only have a few small hurdles to get over before you are leading the way.
We can help you with this last stage by designing you a custom workshop or training package that will fill any knowledge gaps and bring the entire team to the next level of your organizational development.
Leading the Way
Great work! This must feel amazing to see how far along you are. Everyone in your organization is purpose-filled, activated and passionately helping to drive change in the world. You have an incredible internal knowledge base which means you are at the top of your game. You are making sure every step of the way people are on board, motivated and equipped with all the tools and resources they need to make change through your organization’s missions and actions.
We could help you catalysis this action and knowledge to catapult it out into the world through the development of tools that help other discover your successes.
“If you are interested in discovering more about how the world works and building your own unique ways of helping to solve important problems, then you should take this course.”
-Peter, NYC class participant
Check out which UN Sustainable Design Goals this workshop LOOKS TO address
4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature