Training


Learn how to diagnose and map complex challenges to be able to understand the disturbances that affect the system

Learn to diagnose, map and control complex challenges! 

We create tailor-made professional development training in which we teach you and your employees how to diagnose and map complex challenges to be able to understand the disturbances that affect the system you are analysing thus learning to identify the important parameters to control it.

Why should you take the training?

It focuses on your struggles and solutions for complex situations, such as project management across departments; creating, developing or implementing policies… it’s tailored to meet your needs! Having trained with us, you will be able to:

Learn how to see interconnections & better understand how departments and sectors can work together by mapping traces of influence that various elements have on each other.

Realise the consequences of actions & better implement cross-sectoral policies.

 

Identify leverage points for change.

How does it work?

Our training is based on Systems Thinking and Cybernetics, which are often defined as modus operandi to understand and manage complex situations in a holistic manner. The professional development training provides participants with tools to survey and seek solutions to opaque situations. 

Ecopolicy – develop strategic thinking

Develop a practical understanding of interconnected systems by governing a fictitious state “Cybernetia”. Within the country, you will have access to resources and need to allocate these to create a sustainable system that leads to growth.

In the game, these resources are interlinked by mathematical relations that result in a chain of effects after a single decision. While governing a fictitious state, you will keep wondering, will the people riot? Will I be a good sustainable leader? Can you create change and plan for the future?

Understand the theory & diagnose the problem

Having understood the interconnectedness in our surroundings, you will receive the theory behind the simulation of “Cybernetia” governance. It will allow you to identify complex and complicated systems and to diagnose the relationship between issues. Theoretical principles are explained using real-world examples from China, Vietnam and the Netherlands as well as shedding light on computational approaches of complex systems science.


“The innovative methods and the interactive approach of the workshop proved to be of high added value, we received very positive feedback. 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.”

R. Zagorodniy, Former Students Affairs Officer at the College of Europe

Systems Modelling or “Sensimod”

Systems Modelling Systems Modelling (“Sensimod”) is a set of system tools for planning that will allow you to bring the theory into practice. The methodology incorporates feedback loops to check and balance the system performance with symbiotic relationships between humans and the environment (Vester, 1994, 1988). 

Sensimod is different from other planning approaches: Instead of focusing on the cause and effect of issues, which seek to solve one area of a problem, Sensimod emphasises the pattern recognition of system variables and establishes feedback loops among variables. In doing so the method enables complex systems to be analysed through the use of fuzzy logic, and the semi-quantitative analysis of Sensimod enables the analysts to simplify the real-world complexity into a simulation system. 

The method will show you how to model your own ideas and identify the linkages. You will be able to capture the examined system and its socioeconomic-ecological environment without becoming lost in a countless array of factors and variables.

Experts are here for you

During the training, participants are supported by qualified staff: we work with content experts in the field of business management, ENP, Internet Governance and more! The experienced specialists are active in their respective fields: they constantly work and refresh insights to give you the latest updates. 

Examples… this could be you!

Some of the topics that we have addressed include Internet governance, migration, political risk and urbanisation. Former participants used complexity modelling methods to investigate subject matters such as the European Neighbourhood Policy, climate change and the Digital Union as well as political trends, including migration and the information disorder.

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