Why Systems Thinking?

No matter your role in a particular system, you are vital to the way that system behaves and the outcomes it produces. The Waters Center is internationally recognized for helping people improve performance and results through our customized approach.

Our Impact

With over three decades of experience, the Waters Center has helped people around the globe approach learning, teaching and leading with confidence through the Habits, tools and strategies of systems thinking. We are known for making our capacity building accessible, impactful, and relevant to day-to-day decision making.

Our global network includes over 80 countries, and counting!

“The Waters Center is leaving a legacy of a new generation of thinkers and leaders who understand how decisions and actions impact systems and people, both over the short-term and for years to come.”
- Naomi Karp, (Retired) Sr. Director of Early Childhood Professional Development at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

The Power of Meaningful Connections

The Waters Center is an internationally recognized leader in systems thinking capacity building. Through virtual and in person learning opportunities, large scale events, and use of Waters Center products and resources, we have made many connections and impacted hundreds of thousands of people including educators, teachers, students, business and community members.
The graph shown is one example of our impact. Our free, online learning system, the Thinking Tools Studio, has seen significant growth in monthly and cumulative subscribers. Users benefit from applicable courses on the Habits, tools and archetypes of systems thinking in addition to an array of resources which are updated on a regular basis.

“Systems thinking (and the Waters Center) has provided the opportunity for our district employees to develop new skills and behaviors to resolve long-standing issues that have historically impacted student achievement.”
- Dr. Steven Martinez, Superintendent, Twin Rivers Unified School District

Systems Thinking for Everyone

We've helped people from a variety of industries and areas build their systems thinking capacity, including:



Higher Ed

Early Childhood





“I came across systems thinking as a school of thought only three years ago but have been regularly amazed by the power it holds. I’m also often struck by how our most successful projects adopted systems thinking techniques before we even realized consciously what we were doing. The ability to see, understand and influence systems is one of the greatest capability needs in business (and in the world, generally).”
- Chief Communications Officer, Fortune 500 Company

Learning With the Waters Center

“Systems thinking and the work of the Waters Center has promoted deeper thinking and learning at my school. I’ve found that teachers can better facilitate critical and visual thinking in students, and work with multiple perspectives in an organized fashion. I’ve seen that students can better justify and explain content. Systems thinking not only stretches thinking, but it also simplifies it in the most beneficial way.”
- Former Principal, Lee County Schools, Alabama

How can we help you?

Whether you are new to systems thinking or a seasoned practitioner, we have a variety of offerings and ways to connect.