New Masters Program in "Systems Thinking in Practice" now underway at the Open University (UK)

The new Masters in Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) one at the Open University  in the UK is already being studied by over 90 students.  The first core module is “ Thinking Strategically: systems tools for managing change” (OU code TU811).  The second core module is “Managing systemic change: inquiry, action, and interaction” (TU812).

Underpinning this new program is a set of four books co-published by the Open University with Springer, London. The books are:

(i) Blackmore, C. P. (Ed.). (2010) Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice. Springer: London.

(ii) Ison, R.L. (2010) Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate-Change World. Springer: London.

(iii) Ramage, M. and Shipp, K. (2009) Systems Thinkers. Springer: London.

(iv) Reynolds, M. and Holwell, S eds (2010) Systems Approaches to Managing Change. A Practical Guide. Springer: London.

I would also like to draw your attention to some of the opportunities that exist to incorporate OU Systems material into you own programs. Several possibilities exist. These include:

(i) use of reciprocal credit transfer arrangements

(ii) licensing or other partnership arrangements

(iii) bespoke continuing professional development

Do please feel free to circulate this amongst your networks


Ray Ison

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Professor, Systems for Sustainability

Monash Sustainability Institute

(incl. UNIWATER & School of Geography & Environmental Science)

Monash University,

Clayton Victoria, Australia

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Professor of Systems

Open Systems Research Group (OSRG)

Communication and Systems Department

Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology

The Open University

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