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Pop-Up Design Thinking Class: You Know What Your Problem Is? Systems Thinking in the Design Process

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • AuSable Hall


Date: Thursday, March 21st, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: AuSable Hall room 1112

Presenter: Kelly Parker, GVSU Program Director of Environmental Studies, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Studies

Properly defining and analyzing a problem is crucial to the design thinking process. Systems thinking is a powerful tool for identifying the way multiple factors often combine to produce a problematic outcome. This presentation will:

  • use examples to illustrate the difference between analytic thinking and systems thinking, 
  • provide examples of simple systems thinking models, 
  • explore different levels of problem analysis and intervention strategies,
  • use examples to show how systems thinking can help us avoid designing solutions to the wrong problem, 
  • consider the factors that determine whether analytic or systems thinking is the better approach to a particular problem

This event is open to all GVSU students, faculty, and staff and community members free of charge. Spots are limited, so register for "Systems Thinking" today! 

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