09-04 Systems Thinking

Learning Objectives

We'll be investigating systems thinking and systemic design as a method or approach to addressing complex problems (also known as a BIG, GIANT, MESS of interconnected things). Climate change and plastics in the ocean are good examples of complex problems. Please note that neither Danielle, Da, or Colby are experts in this field, but we'll be sharing some tools and techniques that might help you in your journey to systemic and collaborative design!


Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Dalhousie University, where she studied right whale feeding habitats and whale vocalizations. Throughout her studies, she has explored the ocean across the globe, from Costa Rica to Bermuda to Israel. She currently resides in Winnipeg (an unfitting geographic location for a marine biologist), where she teaches coding and design thinking to school-aged children! She is pursuing a career that bridges the fields of sustainability and technology, but loves exploring many other subjects in her spare time.

Colby Deighton

Colby was born and raised in Winnipeg but has spent the last few years in Halifax, where he graduated from Dalhousie University's Environment, Sustainability and Society program. In his last year of university he spent a lot of time researching systems thinking and complexity, and was a teaching assistant for the RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate at Dalhousie. He just secured a job working for a design company and is pursuing a career in passive house construction. 

Da Chen

Hey everyone, my name is Da Chen and I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto Scarborough. I double majored in City Studies and Political Science. I will be going back to school in the fall for my MSc in Urban Planning at the University of Toronto. I am very interested in the Ocean Bridge Program because I want to learn skills and tools to better engage urban audiences about the importance of ocean conservation. At first glance, my educational background has little to do with conservation or ocean. However, my experiences over the past 4 years allowed me to learn and connect with the ocean in many ways and grew my love and appreciation for them. I was part of the Parks Canada Northern Engagement team last summer and traveled to the Arctic with Students on Ice. I was also a part of the Canadian Delegation at the 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile last September. These experiences really inspired me to learn more about our ocean and do my part in protecting them.

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