Systems Thinking and Collaboration in K-12

I’m on my way home from ISSST (see previous post) where I had great conversations with sustainability engineers in academia and the public and private sector. On Thursday night I was lucky enough to join a bunch of them at Cincinnati chili joint and ask them this question: “If we could teach kids one thing that would make the ‘educating the public’ part of your job easier, what would that be?” I got some great answers. “Systems Thinking” came out on top with “Cascading Effects” coming in as a close second. In MBS, we try to emphasize these things and this feedback was reassuring. We also had great conversation about how interdisciplinary groups collaborate in shared spaces. I’m looking forward to integrating more of the research on these topics into future workshops. Onward!

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