Systems Change Online Workshop #1 7th May 4-5pm

What is systems thinking and systems change, and why does it matter?

Workshop #1: What is systems thinking and systems change, and why does it matter?

Learn more about the origins of systems thinking, the fundamentals of systems change, and why there is a growing interest in and need in our current times.

  • Are you interested in social change and innovation and keen to learn about systems change?
  • Are you concerned about the complexity of today’s world and curious as to what this means for us as leaders?

This is an introductory online workshop series where we will explore some of the key ideas about systems change. Through active participation with others, the workshops will provide a platform for considering ways that systems change frameworks and tools might be applied to your own practices.

The workshops are online:

  • Tues 7 May 4-5pm
  • Tues 4 June 4-5pm
  • Tues 25 June, 4-5pm

Who is the series for?

This is for you if you are:

  • Keen to learn about systems change. The workshops will introduce you to key ideas related to this kaupapa. If you already have an understanding, but would like a refresh then you may find the workshops helpful too.
  • Able to interact online with others to learn together. The workshops will be interactive and discussion based. Sometimes you may be paired with someone else for an activity. This is to help deepen applied learning with others.

Is there a cost?
The workshops are free of charge. This is a Leadership Lab Rourou initiative. You can learn more about Rourou here.

Do I need to attend all three workshops?
The workshops are designed as a series and the content will be scaffolded over the three sessions, however we expect that there is still value in attending any one of the them. If you can’t make them all, no problem. We will make recordings available online after the workshops and send the link to everyone who has registered for any of the events in the series.

Who is hosting the series?
This is a Leadership Lab Rourou initiative and the workshops will be co-facilitated by Chris Jansen and Judy Bruce.



Dr Judy Bruce

Judy is a senior consultant with Leadership Lab and has worked for many years at the intersections of education and community development in intercultural contexts. She is actively engaged in research and practice for equity, justice and cultural capability. Judy is Associate with the Leadership Lab, and Research Associate at the University of Canterbury. She works in Auckland as an Education Consultant and Researcher.

Dr Chris Jansen 

Chris is a director and senior consultant with Leadership Lab and his background includes being a secondary Health and PE HOD in Mangere College, Auckland, Deputy Principal at Linwood College, Christchurch, and lecturer of strategic leadership at the University of Canterbury. Chris’s current work with Leadership Lab involves “developing collective approaches to complex issues” which happens through a wide range of projects in the education, health and social services sectors. Chris loves working alongside leaders as they grow to trust each other and then collaborate in ways that make a real difference to the communities that they are involved with.