Cornell University International Systems Thinking Conference

Conference Dates: May 11-12, 2023
Conference Theme: THINK [X]
Virtual Event

Think. At the core of systems thinking are four simple rules that underly human cognition. These patterns of thinking are foundational to the plurality of frameworks of systems thinking and disciplines of knowledge. “Thinking” is something everyone does everyday about seemingly mundane everyday problems and seemingly intractable social problems. New research into Systems Thinking, as a skill, shows that it can be taught and learned. Systems Thinking isn’t only a skill needed for advanced scientists at the cutting edge and policy makers solving wicked problems. It’s something everyone can improve to improve their work and their world. Thus, the conference is designed for novices and experts, scientists and practitioners.

[X]. “X” is a variable that represents all the varied topics, situations, issues, problems, systems, and disciplines to which systems thinking can be applied.  This includes both everyday and wicked problems, with an emphasis on some of the most pressing problems or crises we face today.

Schedule of Events

May 11thSpeaker
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.Opening Remarks by Dr. Laura Cabrera 
9:10 – 10:00 a.m.Dr. Iain Couzin – TBD
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.Dr. Derek Cabrera – Thinking Fast & Right in Complex Environments – The Inescapability of Practice in Systems Thinking
10:50 – 11:40 a.m.Dr. Christian Sprague – Using the P-Circle to Distill a Socio-technical Systems Perspective on Markets
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Panel: Social Policy. Panelists: Vimbai Mudangwe, Uriah Blu, and Jillian Morley. Moderator: Michelle Parks.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.BREAK
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.Drs. Gerald Midgley & Rachel Lilley – How DSRP Relates to the Plurality of Systems Approaches
2:20 – 3:10 p.m.Panel: Human Rights & Conflict. Panelists: Ashlie Bryant, Sarah Lu, Nicola Valerio Stellini. Moderator: Rebecca McPettit. 
3:10 – 4:00 p.m.Dr. Jennifer Kushner –Think Collective Impact for Global Grand Challenges
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.Dr. Laura Cabrera – Basic and Applied Research on DSRP
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.Closing Remarks by Drs. Derek & Laura Cabrera
May 12thSpeaker
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.Opening Remarks by Dr. Derek Cabrera
9:10 – 10:00 a.m.Dr. James Densley – The Violence Project
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.Panel: 2023 Cornell University Systems Thinking (STML) Cohort Research on Violence Project Policy Recommendations. Panelists: Natasha Steinhall and Mahwish Khan. Moderator: Dr. Derek Cabrera 
10:50 – 11:40 a.m.Matt Chadsey – Using Systems Thinking to Find Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Panel: Healthcare and Climate Science. Panelists: Claire Lynch, Gwyneth Frederick, and Michelle Parks. Moderator: Daniel Sharfarz.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.BREAK
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.Manuel Vexler – Sustainability and Systems Thinking
2:20 – 3:10 p.m.Panel: Organizational Capacity and Leadership. Panelists: James Bond, Rebecca McPetit, and Alexis Marquez. Moderator: Natasha Steinhall.
3:10 – 3:40 p.m.3:40 – 4:00 p.m.John Lacey – Solving University Grand ChallengesDr. Tom O’Toole – Systems Thinking at Cornell University
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.Brigadier General Ricardo O. Morales PhD – Building a Systems Thinking Foundation for Systems Engineers at West Point: A Retrospective Case Study
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.Closing Remarks with Drs. Laura & Derek Cabrera