Applied Systems Thinking

If you want to change the world – change the systems. Applied systems thinking is a powerful, holistic way to understand and approach organisation and societal challenges. We equip organisations with new ways to explore problems and enhance the way they make decisions. Improving organisational effectiveness and supporting in their wider mission.

Systems Thinking Services

Systems Thinking Services

New ways to see old problems

Systems thinking is a skillset and methodology that allows leaders to see more clearly, make better decisions and find more sustainable ways to solve problems. It’s an increasingly important tool for leaders applied to organisational improvement and wider social and environmental change. We want to empower decision-makers with this set of tools to help them navigate today’s complex and volatile world, and find new ways to see what’s getting in their way.

Better Organisations

Organisational Systems Thinking

Master systems thinking to evolve and develop your own organisation. System thinking not only enhances the overall performance of an organisation, but it also fosters a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. By understanding the intricate dynamics of a system, leaders can make informed decisions that lead to sustainable and long-lasting solutions. Promoting collaboration, adaptability, and efficient use of resources.

Better World

Systems Change

Systems thinking is not just a tool for organisational improvement, but a powerful catalyst for social and societal system change. By applying system thinking to societal issues, we can uncover the interconnectedness of social structures and identify leverage points for impactful change. This approach allows us to address the root causes of social issues, rather than just treating the symptoms, leading to more sustainable and transformative solutions.

Systems thinking workshops

Workshops on systems thinking

We run a series of workshops (online or face-to-face) to help purpose-led organisations reconnect with their vision, find powerful ways to embrace it through their organisational culture and help employees collaborate in the process to build greater engagement.

Introduction to System Archetypes Workshop

Introduction to System Archetypes

An introduction to System Archetypes, and how they can be used as a powerful decision making tool for leaders and change makers – both for organisational improvement and system change.
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Introduction to Systems Thinking Workshop

Introduction to Systems Thinking

This Introduction to Systems Thinking workshop is designed to give decision makers a solid foundation in the tools, approaches and practical applications to system thinking. All in an engaging, thought provoking session.
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Systems Thinking tools and models

Develop your systems thinking

Check out these models and frameworks to help you explore systems thinking with your organisation.

PESTLE Analysis

The PESTLE Analysis is a framework for exploring outside influences which may affect and organisation and its operations.
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PESTLE Analysis


The OODA Loop is a decision-making process designed to help individuals and organisations react quickly and effectively to changing circumstances.
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DIagram of the OODA Loop by Colonel John Boyd

Cynefin Framework

The Cynefin Framework is a decision-making tool that helps individuals and organizations better understand the complexity of a given situation.
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Cynefin Framework

Principles of our System Thinking approach

The clarity to make real change

System Thinking is a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems. Here are three key principles that underpin effective systems thinking:

Embrace the Interconnectedness

We recognise that nothing exists in a vacuum and every component in a system is connected, often in complex ways. We work towards leveraging these interconnections.

Synthesis over Reductionism

Acknowledge that a system may have properties that its individual parts do not. These properties emerge from the interactions and relationships between the parts.

Dynamic, Non-Linear Perspective

Be aware of time delays in the cause and effect relationships within the system, and understand that these relationships are often nonlinear, meaning small changes can have large impacts.

Systems thinking Outcomes

Holistic problem solving that helps you see more clearly

System thinking helps you learn to zoom out and see the wider inter-connected variables that influence and affect the system. It’s an approach to problem-solving that views complex issues as parts of a whole, rather than reacting to specific parts, outcomes, or events.

Holistic Viewpoint

Comprehensive Understanding: System thinking helps in understanding the complete picture. Instead of focusing on individual elements, it considers interrelationships and interactions among component.
Long-Term Solutions: By looking at the issues holistically, system thinking promotes solutions that address the root causes of problems, leading to more sustainable and long-term outcomes.

Enhanced Collaboration

Cross-Disciplinary Insights: Our approach encourages collaboration across different disciplines, integrating diverse perspectives, viewpoints and diverse ideas which can lead to more innovative solutions.
Shared Language and Models: System thinking provides a shared language and models for stakeholders to communicate effectively, reducing misunderstandings and aligning objectives.

Improved Adaptability

Feedback Loops: System thinking identifies feedback loops and patterns of behaviour over time, allowing organisations and social change makers to observe, understand anticipate consequences and adapt accordingly.
Continuous Improvement: It fosters a learning culture where feedback is used to refine strategies and processes continuously, leading to progressive improvement and adaptability in a changing environment.

Increased Efficiency

Resource Optimisation: System thinking helps in identifying and eliminating waste, leading to more efficient use of resources. It promotes the concept of doing more with less, which is particularly important in today’s resource-constrained world.
Process Streamlining: By understanding the interconnections and dependencies within a system, this approach can help streamline processes, reduce redundancies, and improve overall operational efficiency.

Better Decision Making

Informed Choices: System thinking provides a comprehensive understanding of the system dynamics, enabling decision-makers to make more informed choices. It helps in predicting the potential impacts of decisions, thereby reducing the risk of unintended consequences.
Strategic Planning: By understanding the interdependencies within a system, this approach aids in strategic planning, enabling organisations to anticipate future challenges and opportunities.

Promotes Sustainability

Long-term Perspective: System thinking encourages a long-term perspective, considering the future impacts of decisions made today. This fosters sustainable practices that benefit not just the present, but also future generations.
Balanced Growth: By recognising the interdependencies within a system, this approach promotes balanced growth that respects the limits of the system and avoids overexploitation (such as burnout or unsustainable growth).

our Systems Thinking experience

Empowering new ways of thinking

We have experience building systems thinking approaches and skills across a wide range of purpose-led organisations: Nonprofits & NGOs, Charities, Social Enterprises, Purpose-Led For Profit and Government agencies. All working towards a better world in their own way, and using the power of systems thinking to get there.

Systems thinking Approach

Our Systems Approach

Our approach to system thinking helps you take the conceptual framework and apply it practically to your organisational and mission-based challenges. It’s an approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems.

Holistic Perspective

Our approach encourages looking at the bigger picture and understanding how components within a system interact with one another.
Prevents a narrow focus on individual parts, which might overlook how they contribute to overall system behaviour.

Improved Problem Solving

By understanding the interdependencies within a system, solutions can be developed that address the root causes of problems rather than just symptoms.
Leads to more sustainable and long-lasting solutions.

System Dynamics

Applied system thinking helps in understanding how certain changes can affect the system over time – in ways that aren’t immediately obvious or observable. This enables the prediction of system behaviour, which is crucial for planning and decision making.

Increased Collaboration

System thinking requires input from diverse stakeholders, which can improve collaboration and communication.
Helps in breaking down silos within organisations, leading to more integrated and cooperative work environments.

Better Decision-Making

By considering the entire system, decision-makers can foresee outcomes of decisions, including unintended consequences.
Our approach can lead to more informed and effective decision making – and more awareness of unintended consequences.

Greater Adaptability and Flexibility

Systems thinking prepares organisations to adapt to change more efficiently by understanding potential impacts across the system. It encourages building systems that are resilient and capable of evolving with change.

Identification of Leverage Points

Identifies places within a complex system where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything – helping make change more effective.
This can help in optimising efforts and resources for maximum impact.

Reduction of Resource Waste

By understanding the flow of resources within a system, it’s possible to minimise waste and enhance resource efficiency.
It encourages sustainable practices by considering the long-term impacts of resource use.

Fosters a Culture of Learning

System thinking encourages continuous learning and questioning of the status quo. It treats ambiguity as part of the solution – not a problem. It promotes an organisational culture that values curiosity, innovation, and constant improvement.

Want to see how systems thinking can help you?

If you’d like to explore how system thinking can help you solve problems in new ways, get in touch

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