What makes systems thinking so powerful? The benefits are multifaceted and have an ongoing, ripple effect …

By applying the Habits, concepts and tools of systems thinking, users gain a deeper understanding of systems around them and move closer to achieving their highest performance. Systems thinkers have a sharpened and clarified understanding of how systems actually work. Confusing, disconnected snapshots of life start to make more sense when understood as patterns of change over time.

Educators integrate systems thinking into instruction because they recognize that demonstrated understanding of dynamic systems is an integral part of educational standards.

As students better understand the complex, dynamic systems they are studying in a classroom, they can transfer that skill and knowledge to any situation or challenge.

This also applies to individuals or groups within businesses, community organizations and more. Really, anyone who is a part of a system (and we all are!) can use systems thinking Habits, concepts, and tools to look for leverage points to find lasting solutions.

Check out this video featuring Jim Waters and Waters Center President, Tracy Benson, along with teachers who have implemented systems thinking, discuss some of the benefits to schools.

360-Degree Benefits

STUDENTS Become Engaged and Empowered

EDUCATORS are Energized by Success

BUSINESSES and EMPLOYERS Gain a Pipeline of High-Efficacy Talent

COMMUNITIES Form Around Mature Thinkers

Benefits of Implementing Systems Thinking

Making Thinking Visible

Making Connections

Solving Problems

Developing Readers & Writers

Increasing Engagement


Click here to see a Waters Center research summary.