14 Courses

Systems Thinking and Complexity

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: UNESCO UNITWIN The Complex Systems Digital Campus

Started: 06/09/2017

Finished: 01/09/2020

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Big History: Connecting Knowledge

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Macquarie University

Started: 03/03/2016

Finished: 25/10/2016

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International Affairs: Globalisation

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Started: 27/01/2018

Finished: 22/02/2018

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The Sustainable Development Goals – A global, transdisciplinary vision for the future

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Basel

Started: 06/03/2019

Finished: 11/03/2019

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Global Trends for Business and Society

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 31/01/2018

Finished: 21/04/2018

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Business Strategies for Social Impact

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Griffith University

Started: 16/02/2018

Finished: 20/04/2018

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Unleash Your Potential: Global Citizenship

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: University of Bristol

Started: 02/03/2018

Finished: 13/03/2018

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Unleash Your Potential: Innovation and Enterprise

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: University of Bristol

Started: 02/03/2018

Finished: 15/03/2018

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Unleash Your Potential: Sustainable Futures

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: University of Bristol

Started: 02/03/2018

Finished: 14/03/2018

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Ready, Set, Future! Introduction to Futures Thinking

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Institute for the Future

Started: 03/02/2020

Finished: 04/04/2020

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Forecasting Skills: See the Future Before it Happens

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Institute for the Future

Started: 05/04/2020

Finished: 07/04/2020

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Simulation Skills: This is Your Brain on the Future

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Institute for the Future

Started: 09/04/2020

Finished: 10/04/2020

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Collaborative Foresight: How to Game the Future

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Institute for the Future

Started: 11/04/2020

Finished: 12/04/2020

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Urgent Optimism: How to Turn Foresight into Action

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Institute for the Future

Started: 13/04/2020

Finished: 01/09/2020

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16 Books

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

Author: Margaret Heffernan

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

Published: 2012

Started: 04/02/2014

Finished: 29/08/2014

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Random House Audiobooks

Published: 2018

Started: 10/05/2019

Finished: 10/06/2019

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Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Author: David Christian

Publisher: Little, Brown Spark

Published: 2018

Started: 30/01/2019

Finished: 07/04/2020

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Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present

Author: Cynthia Stokes Brown

Publisher: The New Press

Published: 2007

Started: 21/01/2017

Finished: 01/05/2017

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The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

Author: Sean Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2016

Started: 09/06/2021

Finished: 24/06/2021

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Random House Audiobooks

Published: 2015

Started: 09/01/2019

Finished: 18/01/2019

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On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition and Fiction

Author: Brian Boyd

Publisher: First Harvard University Press

Published: 2009

Started: 08/02/2014

Finished: 07/08/2020

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A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

Author: Lawrence M. Krauss

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published: 2012

Started: 17/08/2015

Finished: 10/07/2015

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Discovering Gravitational Waves

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Kindle

Published: 2017

Started: 02/01/2019

Finished: 03/01/2019

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The Time Illusion

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Kindle

Published: 2017

Started: 03/01/2019

Finished: 06/01/2019

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Before the Big Bang

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Kindle

Published: 2017

Started: 07/01/2019

Finished: 09/01/2019

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The Quantum Mystery

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Kindle

Published: 2017

Started: 09/01/2019

Finished: 12/01/2019

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Author: Brian Greene

Publisher: Vintage

Published: 2000

Started: 19/04/2018

Finished: 01/02/2021

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The Global Village: Transformations in World Life and Media in the 21st Century

Author: David Peter Stroh

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Published: 1992

Started: 08/09/2017

Finished: 24/10/2017

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: HarperAudio

Published: 2017

Started: 22/01/2019

Finished: 08/02/2019

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Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

Author: David Peter Stroh

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Published: 2015

Started: 05/02/2019

Finished: 19/03/2019

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Earth has entered a new geological age, the Anthropocene epoch, or the ‘era of humans.’ In just a century or two, building on the huge energy flows and the remarkable innovations of the fossil-fuels revolution, we humans have stumbled into the role of planetary pilots without really knowing what instruments we should be looking at, what buttons we should be pressing, or where we are trying to land. This is new territory for humans, and for the entire biosphere.

David Christian, Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly globalised as one big interconnected system and, whether we like it or not, we are all a part of that big picture reality.

The concept of systems thinking – viewing systems from a broad perspective that includes seeing overall structures, patterns and cycles in systems, rather than seeing only specific events – is essential for understanding and building confidence in our complex and uncertain world. 

More importantly, successfully utilising systems thinking allows you to overcome willful blindness – when you could have known, and should have known, something that instead you strove not to see.

Misinformation and information overload are key challenges that must be overcome because they threaten global progressive development. 

Also included in this module is the Futures Thinking specialization I studied on Coursera. Futures thinking is a method for informed reflection on the major changes that will occur in the next 10, 20 or more years by identifying the dynamics that are creating the future in all areas of human existence.

It’s not accidental that this is the first module of the first concentration of the first major, this broad and open-ended module sets the stage for everything that follows in my MTA Portfolio.