WARSAW, POLAND, 10 November 2018 Dr. Constantin Malik and Nadia Tjahja organised a full-day workshop on “Understanding the relevance of interconnectivity and complexity” at the College of Europe at Natolin.
Systems thinking, which is often defined as a modus operandi to understand and manage complex situations in a holistic manner, provides decision makers with theoretical and practical tools to survey and seek solutions to opaque situations.
Drawing on his extensive experience as a leading cybernetician, Dr. Constantin Malik initiated the workshop by helping students build their capacity in understanding the concepts of systems and interconnectivity through the cybernetic simulation game ‘Ecopolicy’. Afterwards, Dr. Malik introduced theoretical principles of systems thinking and cybernetics. Using real-world examples from China, Vietnam and the Netherlands Dr. Malik shed light on computational approaches of complex systems science.
The Sunium team composed of Isabell Burmester, Diaelhak Ragragui and Virginija Balciunaite, guided the participants throughout the various steps of model construction using Causal Loop Diagrams and Bayesian Belief Network Modelling. The students used complexity modelling methods to investigate subject matters such as the European Neighbourhood Policy, Energy, Climate Change and the Digital Union.
“The College of Europe at Natolin is the perfect place to begin our workshop series, its interdisciplinary approach intersects with our philosophy at Sunium. Our goal is for systems thinking and cybernetics to receive mainstream educational attention in public policy institutions”.
CEO (and College of Europe alumna) Nadia Tjahja
“The innovative methods and the interactive approach of the workshop proved to be of high added value, we received very positive feedback” says Roman Zagorodniy, Students Affairs Officer at the College of Europe. “I am confident now that students have grasped the logical understanding of these innovative and scientifically based methods, systems thinking will no longer reside in the educational margins” adds Mr. Zagorodniy.
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