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Qualitative Systems Thinking - Course

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An introductory course by Dr. Anthony Hodgson to the new discipline for cultivating conscious understanding called QUALSYSTEMS.

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We are living through an explosion of knowledge. Knowledge used to be concentrated in libraries supported by the technology of printing but now that knowledge is largely contained in digital form in massive capacity servers (computers) all linked together via the internet. Search engines of great sophistication enable ranges of rapid access to stored knowledge but also enabling self-publication such that that millions of sources of knowledge are feeding this behemoth.

However, does all this improve our understanding? Or more cogently, is the development of understanding keeping up with the knowledge explosion? Do we know better how to make sense of it, especially in terms of relevance to our existential concerns in a troubled society on a troubled planet?

This new course is built on the proposition that learning understanding requires a different learning process from knowledge. It requires a different theory and a different practice based on perception of qualities rather than the measurement of quantities, the recognition of universal patterns and the development of a self-reflective consciousness.

Course Structure:

The course is structured around three lines of work.

  • Firstly, there is the basic idea of qualitative systems based on the sequence of integers and their perceptual meaning.
  • Secondly, there is the practice of engaging with qualsystems as a method of increasing intuitive intelligence.
  • Thirdly, there is the application of qualsystems to real world problems of understanding and action. The three lines will be woven together over a series of seven two hour online seminars.

The course sessions are each made up from the following components:

  • A live participative session by Dr. Anthony Hodgson via Zoom
  • Learning materials between sessions
  • An asynchronous chat forum (hosted on Slack) for course members to share and discuss

Who is this course for?

This course will be helpful if you:

  • Wish to learn a better way of making sense of a confused and turbulent world
  • Need to make decisions or policies that need synthesis across a complex of information and issues
  • Are engaged in transdisciplinary research but can find no coherent method for inter disciplinary understanding
  • Are engaged in design work for complex situations, especially of transformation or regeneration

Timeline:

The sessions run Thursdays 19:00 - 21:00 (BST) every week over a period of six weeks:

6 May – Module 1: Numbers, Qualities and Perception

13 May - Module 2: The Basic Qualsystems

20 May – Module 3: The Intermediate Qualsystems

27 May – Module 4: The Complex Qualsystems

3 June – Module 5: The Cosmic Laws of Unfolding

10 June – Module 6: Unpacking complex systems

17 June - Module 7: Practice: Tuning in to Qualsystems

Technical details:

This course is hosted on Zoom, and the session will be recorded. We recommend participating with a high resolution screen so you can view it when the host shares his screen. Course participation by mobile phone is not recommended.

The number of participants is limited to 30 so that such interaction is possible and so is different from a usual webinar or course lecture. The interaction includes elements of visual facilitation and continuous visual presence for participation in discussions.

The recording of the Zoom session as well as the slides shared during the session will be shared with participants after each module.

About the tutor:

The webinar is led by Dr. Anthony Hodgson, a founding Trustee of H3Uni. He is the co-originator of the innovative three horizons method. He has over thirty years of experience of providing consulting services in foresight and strategy to major corporations and in public health in the UK.

Anthony is an experienced practitioner of systems thinking and scenario futures methods and holds a Ph.D in systems science from the Centre for System Studies at the University of Hull. He is a founder member of the International Futures Forum which is a pioneering think tank working especially in transformative innovation. He is also a Research Fellow with the University of Dundee.

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