Systems Practice (free online course)

September 12, 2017 all-day
Online Course
The Omidyar Group
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Learn to use a systems thinking approach to move from “impossible” to impact in this free online course offered by the The Omidyar Group.

Start Date: September 12
Duration: 10 weeks
Time: 5 hours per week

Striving to create enduring change in our complex, dynamic world can feel daunting — and sometimes downright impossible. With so many interconnected forces at play, it’s easy to get discouraged by detours, false assumptions, roadblocks, and dead ends.

A systems practice is a way to make sense of complex environments and uncover the dynamics that have the greatest potential for impact. This course will lead you through each step of understanding a system, analyzing it to find points of leverage, and learning how to adapt in a changing environment. You will also gain access to a portfolio of step-by-step tools, processes, and mindsets to apply to your current and future work. This course is ideal for professionals working on complex problems across any field of social impact.


  • Map a complex system to gain clarity
  • Identify specific points in the system where you can make a big impact
  • Create leverage hypotheses to describe how you will aim to create systemic change
  • Develop a framework for learning and adapting over time as your system changes 

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