Open Studio webinars consist of hour-long Zoom sessions led by Waters Center staff and special guests. Each webinar will examine a different topic through a systems thinking lens. Open Studio webinars are interactive and include opportunities for dialogue among participants and facilitator(s). Be prepared to have your web camera on and to connect with other systems thinkers from around the world!

In addition, we are committed to supporting teachers in any way we can. Teacher Studio webinars consist of hour-long Zoom sessions led by Waters Center staff and special guests. Teacher Studio webinars will use systems thinking Habits, tools and strategies to take a deep dive into areas of interest for educators from varying systems. We will also provide ideas for lesson plans that can be adapted to different grade levels.

Do I need to know about systems thinking to attend?

Each Open Studio webinar will cater to everyone from a seasoned systems thinker to a beginner. However, we do recommend signing up to the Thinking Tools Studio and exploring the various courses and resources available in addition to the Habits of a Systems Thinker prior to sessions when possible.

Are Open Studio and Teacher Studio webinars free?

Yes! We are happy to offer these sessions free of charge. Donations are always appreciated to help us continue our efforts to openly share our resources — no amount is too little.

How do I sign up?

To register for Open Studio and Teacher Studio webinars, visit the Thinking Tools Studio. Please note, you will need to register for the Thinking Tools Studio to sign up for a session. Registration will open for sessions on a rolling basis.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PDT
Successive Approximation: Valuable lessons learned when ST experiences go awry

“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself,” – Daniel Dennett, philosopher

April’s Open Studio session marks the one year anniversary of Open Studio webinars for the Waters Center. During the last year we have developed a community of learners who share a common interest in using systems thinking to make the world a better place. We have learned a great deal from one another and in trying something new, we have hopefully learned some things. Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull says it this way, “Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new.” So in the spirit of learning something new, we invite you to practice the Habit of Successive Approximation. Come prepared to hear some lessons learned and be prepared to share some of your own.

Saturday, April 3, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT
Teacher Studio – Successive Approximation: Valuable lessons learned when things go awry in the classroom

Have you ever come to the end of a lesson and thought to yourself, “If only I could teach that again, it would be so much better”? As teachers seek to improve their craft, they reflect on how they could make things better for students. Ed Catmull, cofounder of Pixar, says, “Mistakes are the inevitable consequences of doing something new.” Adding systems thinking strategies into their teaching repertoire is something new for many teachers. This month’s Teacher Studio will explore some lessons learned when things didn’t go as planned. Come prepared to hear some lessons learned and be prepared to share some of your own.

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PDT
Story Science and Systems Thinking

Story is a powerful way to make sense of the world. Science is a discipline that helps explain phenomena we experience every day. Systems thinking combines science and story to build great understanding and provide a means to share that understanding. This month in Open Studio hear from DaNel Hogan, educator, physicist and cutting-edge thinker, as she shares her insights on combining science, story and systems to build understanding. DaNel’s session will be interactive, engaging and full of new ideas that you can use as you build systems thinking into your specific context.

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT
Teacher Studio – Story and STEM for Educators

The NGSS incorporates storylines as a means of connecting lessons so that students are able to make sense of science. Beyond those curriculum-focused storylines, STEM content is filled with stories. Systems thinking tools are a very visual way for students to tell these stories by making their thinking visible. You will leave this Teacher Studio session with specific ideas and strategies to implement in your class on Monday!

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PDT
Learning and Applying Systems Thinking: From Cartoons to Congress

Hear from Morgan Kauffman, co-author of the recently revised book Systems 1: An Introduction to Systems Thinking, as he shares about what led to the revisions of the original Systems 1. He will share how cartoons in the text support learners of all ages build their understanding of systems thinking and how that understanding can be beneficial in shaping public policy in order to produce desired results.

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT
Teacher Studio – Teaching Systems Thinking Concepts Using Cartoons

Following up on Thursday’s Open Studio session that featured author Morgan Kauffman, this Teacher Studio will look at some of the systems concepts presented through cartoons in the book Systems 1: An Introduction to Systems Thinking and make connections to classroom-ready resources that give students opportunities to grow in their knowledge of systems thinking concepts, tools and Habits.

Check back later for additional events!