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Organizations today exist within a complex, uncertain, and rapidly changing world in which there are myriad interconnected social and environmental challenges. Addressing these problems and harnessing opportunities requires new capabilities beyond classical management and linear thinking.

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The Lab

Designed and co-facilitated by Fritjof Capra and Jen Mason, the Systems View Lab is an interactive, online learning experience for executive teams who wish to develop and deepen their systems thinking capabilities and explore the applications of a Systems View of Life within the specific context of their organization.

Participating teams will:

  • Learn about the Systems View of Life as a multidisciplinary conceptual framework, and explore its implications for their organization;
  • Build their competency as systemic thinkers;
  • Develop capacities to cultivate emergence as a key aspect of systemic leadership, and harness the creative potential intrinsic in all organizations;
  • Understand the interconnected nature of the challenges of our time as a new vantage point for decision making and innovation;
  • Identify opportunities for qualitative growth and positive change.

“The capacity to think systemically—to understand the dynamics, relationships, and context inherent in all forms of life—is more relevant than ever. This is why I am introducing The Systems View Lab, dedicated to the development and application of advanced systems thinking capabilities for top executive teams leading business, government, and non-profit organizations.”

 — Fritjof Capra

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The Systems View

Over the last 25 years, Fritjof Capra and colleagues have been at the forefront of science, developing practical, systemic ways of understanding our contemporary problems. After delivering this knowledge to 2000+ participants through the Capra Course since 2016, we have developed The Systems View Lab as a hands-on, interactive

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approach to enable organizations to apply these powerful conceptual tools to take on their biggest challenges.

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The Systems View is a unifying multidisciplinary framework that is an essential part of the management toolkit for the 21st century.

The framework involves a fundamental shift in perspective: from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it in terms of networks, complexity, and patterns of organization. It enables us to better understand the interconnected, nonlinear dynamics in organizations and enhances our ability to deal with the growing complexity we face in practically every field.

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Interested in the Lab?

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Content and Outcomes

The Lab consists of a combination of pre-recorded lectures and working sessions with Fritjof and Jen conducted over five weeks (one session per week).

As a first step, pre-work conversations are conducted to understand the current context and needs of the team. Insights from these conversations are used to shape the specific focus of the working sessions.

Lab Overview

Pre-Recorded Lectures
Live Working Sessions
with Fritjof and Jen

Introductory Session

 

Connect:

Coming together, Lab overview,

learning outcomes

Module 1

Introduction to the Systems View of Life

An overview of Fritjof’s synthesis of the new systemic conception of life and its defining characteristics.

Understand:

Shared analysis of this introductory lecture, clarification of key concepts, and Q&A session

Module 2

Life and Leadership in Organizations *

An exploration of the implications of the systemic understanding of life for management and leadership.

Engage:

Develop essential capacities to enable communication networks and facilitate emergence

Module 3

Systems Thinking and the State of the World*

A systemic analysis of the major problems of our time and the intertwined effects on politics, economics, climate, and social justice issues.

Reflect:

Conceptualize organizational purpose and impact—both positive and negative—from a systems view and identify opportunities for qualitative growth and positive change

Module 4

Systemic Solutions *

A review of the most important systemic solutions and frameworks developed and tested around the world.

Apply:

Build from the possibilities/opportunities identified in previous sessions to collectively explore the implications of a systems view of life for your organization

* Lectures from Capra Course; the remaining 9 lectures are also available for optional viewing.

Lab Overview

Introductory Session

LIVE SESSION
WITH FRITJOF AND JEN VIA ZOOM
(90 - 120 MIN)

Connect:
Coming together, Lab overview, learning outcomes.

Module 1

PRE-RECORDED LECTURE
WITH FRITJOF CAPRA (40-MINUTE LENGTH)

Introduction to the Systems View of Life

An overview of Fritjof’s synthesis of the new systemic conception of life and its defining characteristics.

LIVE WORKING SESSION
WITH FRITJOF AND JEN VIA ZOOM
(90 - 120 MIN)

Understand:

Shared analysis of this introductory lecture, clarification of key concepts, and Q&A session.

Module 2

PRE-RECORDED LECTURE
WITH FRITJOF CAPRA (40-MINUTE LENGTH)

Life and Leadership in Organizations *

An exploration of the implications of the systemic understanding of life for management and leadership.

LIVE WORKING SESSION
WITH FRITJOF AND JEN VIA ZOOM
(90 - 120 MIN)

Engage:

Develop essential capacities to enable communication networks and facilitate emergence.

Module 3

PRE-RECORDED LECTURE
WITH FRITJOF CAPRA (40-MINUTE LENGTH)

Systems Thinking and the State of the World *

A systemic analysis of the major problems of our time and the intertwined effects on politics, economics, climate, and social-jus- tice issues.

LIVE WORKING SESSION
WITH FRITJOF AND JEN VIA ZOOM
(90 - 120 MIN)

Reflect:

Conceptualize organizational purpose and impact—both positive and negative—from a systems view and identify opportunities for qualitative growth and positive change.

Module 4

PRE-RECORDED LECTURE
WITH FRITJOF CAPRA (40-MINUTE LENGTH)

Systemic Solutions *

A review of the most important systemic solutions and frameworks developed and tested around the world.

LIVE WORKING SESSION
WITH FRITJOF AND JEN VIA ZOOM
(90 - 120 MIN)

Apply:

Build from the possibilities/opportunities identified in previous sessions to collectively explore the implications of a systems view of life for your organization.

* Lectures from Capra Course; the remaining 9 lectures are also available for optional viewing.

Post-Lab Work

Over the course of his career, Fritjof has had the opportunity to interact with a world-wide network of systemic thinkers and practitioners. Participants of the Systems View Lab may benefit from his suggestions of, and connections with, experts in various fields to support their independent, post-Lab efforts in applying the Systems View of Life to their context.

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The Systems View Lab Co-Facilitators

Fritjof Capra

Physicist and Systems Theorist

Fritjof Capra is a scientist, author, and environmental educator who has written and lectured extensively about the philosophical and social implications of modern science. He was a founding director (1995-2020) of the Berkeley-based Center for Ecoliteracy and serves on the faculty of the Amana-Key executive education program in São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Fellow of Schumacher College, an international center for new-economics and ecological studies in the UK, and serves on the Council of Earth Charter International.

Capra is the author of several international bestsellers. including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), and The Web of Life (1996). He is coauthor of the multidisciplinary textbook The Systems View of Life (2014).

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Consultant, Educator

Blending over 20 years of experience as an educator with insights from her Ph.D. research about the role of listening in building resilience in complex, adaptive systems, Jen Mason works as an independent consultant to support learning and harness the collective intelligence of groups. Prior to her role as consultant, Jen worked as an educator in a variety of K-12 settings supporting young people in bolstering their connection to the natural world, developing ecoliteracy and systems thinking skills, gaining proficiency as effective communicators and participatory decision-makers, and building their agency as change-makers. She has a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education and an M.A. with a focus in Ecology-Based Education from Prescott College, as well as a B.Ed. in Experiential Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Queen’s University.

 

Special thanks to Brenda C. González for her vision to create the Systems View Lab and for her foundational role in its initial development

What our partcipants are saying:

“The Systems View Lab was extremely thought provoking.”

“This workshop was an extreme pleasure to be a part of and I feel very honoured to have had access to converse with such a great mind in Fritjof Capra. It has inspired my work and personal life in immeasurable ways. I can highly recommend it.”

“The Systems View Lab was a real opportunity to understand life and to become optimistic about a better world.”

“I appreciate Fritjof and Jen’s ability to make clear and simple such important concepts.”

“The Lab was a very rich experience and a stimulating opportunity for discussion.”

“I have gained a lot of insights that are very helpful for my view of the company, and which enable me to support the network within our organization better.”

“The Systems View Lab was an exploratory exercise for our organization and the outcome was thought provoking and meaningful on both a professional and personal level.”

Please note that the Systems View Lab is a shared learning experience for working teams. If you are an individual looking to learn more about the Systems View of Life, the Capra Course is an excellent option.