Applying Systems Thinking to Care for Networks 

The RE-AMP Network is excited to offer the Network Thinking Academy: Applying Systems Thinking to Care for Networks on December 3-4 in Chaska, Minnesota. This event is geared toward network practitioners or network leaders: people whose role is to support or care for a network. We recommend that applicants have at least one year of experience caring for networks in order to maximize the benefits of this training. This event is happening in tandem with a separate academy for network funders. Some sessions will be held jointly.

Networks are complex adaptive systems where people, ideas, and other agents interact to produce patterns of behavior.  A systems thinking approach enables us to see, understand, and take action in the midst of the complexity. The first day, which will be held jointly with funders, will focus on theories of evaluation, systems thinking, and practical tools for network mapping. The second day will focus on patterns of a white supremacy culture, applying systems thinking tools to examine those patterns and ways of influencing those patterns. 

At RE-AMP Academies you apply the methods, models, and tools to your own network in real time; It will be hard work. We will ask you to come prepared, stay present, try new ways of thinking, be open about challenges, and support each other. The Academy won't only be work, though. The food is great, the location is beautiful, the breaks are long enough to actually break, and the people are fantastic.The cost of the Academy is $750 which includes two nights of lodging, meals, and entertainment. After August 29th, the cost will be $800.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and if accepted you will be sent information to register for the event. Space is limited to fifteen people.

For more information contact the RE-AMP Network’s Director of Community Management, Sarah Ann Shanahan (sarah@reamp.org). 

Participants in the 2016 RE-AMP Systems Thinking Academy apply systems tools to their own messy situation.
Participants in RE-AMP's 2018 Equitable Deep Decarbonization Summit making strategic decisions.

December 3


9:00- 12:00 p.m.

Welcome, Grounding and Value Based Evaluation

12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:00-5:00 p.m.

Systems Thinking for Networks, Social Systems Mapping,  and The Practice of Reflection and Reflexion for Evaluation

6:00 p.m.


7:15 p.m.


December 4

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Systems Thinking Tools and Practices

10:00-12 pm.

Examining Patterns of a White Supremacy Culture

12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:00-3:00 p.m.

Thinking Systemically About Your Pattern and Considering Ways to Influence Your Pattern

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Re-Convene Both Cohorts and Closing Session