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Systems Thinker Certification

Learn the systems thinking methods and tools to apply to your personal and professional challenges!

  • On-demand online course
  • 4-6 hours to complete, with videos and activities
  • Includes skills course and case application
  • 3-month Plectica Pro subscription
  • White Belt Certificate and pin for successful completion
$150$200

What is Systems Thinking?

Systems thinking can help us solve everyday and wicked problems, increase our personal effectiveness as human beings, and transform our organizations. The White Belt Certification is for anyone interested in learning the foundational ideas of systems thinking and mapping.

This program will give you the deep understanding, technical language, and practical tools to model complex ideas to better align your thinking with reality, resulting in better solutions and improved outcomes.

What you’ll be able to do after the program…

  • Model complex ideas and solve wicked problems by applying systems thinking skills and systems mapping techniques
  • Demonstrate adaptive thinking, increased metacognition, and improved efficiency for solving problems
  • Apply DSRP to solve or simplify any problem, issue, idea, workflow, or challenge

“Applying the science of systems thinking to our business models and practices has transformed everything we do.”

Evan Ellis
President and COO, Xactly

Meet the faculty…

Derek Cabrera

Derek Cabrera

Internationally known systems theorist and cognitive scientist; teaches systems thinking, mapping, and leadership at Cornell University; Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Plectica.

Laura Cabrera

Laura Cabrera

Translational researcher and systems scientist; teaches systems thinking, mapping, and leadership at Cornell University; Co-founder and Chief Research Officer of Plectica.

What you’ll gain access to…

  • Videos from leading experts in systems thinking and supporting exercises
  • 3-month Plectica Pro subscription to continue developing skills with a mapping tool for systems thinkers by systems thinkers
  • White Belt Certificate and pin for successful completion of all course requirements
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Program Overview

Systems Thinking Made Simple 101

Section 1 Welcome to STMS 101

  • Unit 1 Welcome to STMS 101

Section 2 The Root of Wicked Problems

  • Unit 2 The Root Crisis
  • Unit 3 The Thinker vs. The Doer
  • Unit 4 Wicked Problems

Section 3 Systems Thinking

  • Unit 5 What is systems thinking?
  • Unit 6 Mental Models
  • Unit 7 Systems Thinking is a CAS
  • Unit 8 Inside a CAS
  • Unit 9 Democratizing Systems Thinking

Section 4 Understanding DSRP

  • Unit 10 Intro to Simple Rules of Systems Thinking
  • Let's Map!
  • Unit 11 Making Distinctions
  • Let's Map! Distinctions
  • Unit 12 Deconstructing Part-Whole Systems
  • Let's Map! Systems
  • Unit 13 Relating Ideas
  • Let's Map! Relationships
  • Unit 14 Taking Perspectives
  • Let's Map! Perspectives
  • Unit 15 Mix and Match D,S,R, and P
  • Units 16 Bringing It All Together

Section 5 Tools for Systems Thinkers

  • Unit 17 Visual and Tactile Tools
  • Unit 18 Cognitive Grammar
  • Let's Map! Information and Structure
  • Unit 19 Cognitive Jigs
  • Unit 20 Creating New Cognitive Jigs
  • Let's Map! Cognitive Jigs

Course Feedback

  • Unit 21 Course Feedback

Course Complete

  • Unit 22 Course Wrap Up

Systems Thinking Case

Section 1 Welcome to STMS 102!

  • Unit 1 Welcome to STMS 102

Section 2 GE Case Study

  • Unit 2 Introduction to GE Case Study
  • Unit 3 Engineering and Epiphany
  • Unit 4 Contrasting the Engineer and Child Perspectives
  • Unit 5 Exploration of New Perspectives
  • Unit 6 The Creation of the GE Adventure Series
  • Unit 7 Impact of GE Healthcare's Adventure Series
  • Unit 8 Conclusion of GE Case Study

Course Feedback

  • Unit 9 Course Feedback

Course Complete

  • Unit 10 Course Wrap Up

Suggested course materials…

Systems Thinking Made Simple

Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems

Systems thinking can help us solve everyday and wicked problems, increase our personal effectiveness as human beings, and transform our organizations! Learn more

STMI Graph

Systems Thinking and Metacognition Indicator

The STMI is a validated edumetric developed that provides a pre- and post assessment of critically important systems thinking skills and metacognitive ability! Learn more