By SDXer Angela Coutinho

Recently, I was listening to an interview with Ester Perel, a psychotherapist and relationship expert who said, “the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives”…and I wondered: could the quality of relationships in a system also be a way to understand that system?

Origins of a Systems Thinker

I’ve known and been curious about systems thinking for a long time, but found it difficult to understand or wrap my head around it. My first exposure to systems thinking was at a public lecture I attended at the University of Waterloo. At the time, I was working as a technical writer in a software development company located right by the campus. This was way back when, in 2008, and since then I have been fascinated by the ideas and theories of system thinking, complex systems, and social innovation. Working in software development, there was lots of focus on technical research, development, and innovation…but the whole idea of the “social” was foreign to me. …


Systemic Design eXchange

Systemic Design eXchange: We are a community of practice co-convened by Alberta CoLab & the Skills Society Action Lab.

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