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online learning series teaching systems methods for systemic change processes

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In this series of virtual learning sessions, Dr. Fiona Mckenzie, director of Orange Compass, and Dr. Seanna Davidson, director of The Systems School, have teamed up to teach a suite of systems methods aligned with each aspect of The Systems Change Framework.


  • Tickets for First Nations participants are available - please contact us for details.

Weekly Sessions

Week 1 - Systemic Change

In week 1 we begin with offering some conceptual grounding on systemic change. Then we introduce The Systems Change framework and explore how the aspects of the Framework work together and its non-linear nature

Approach for weeks 2-8

In each of the weeks that follow we'll open the session by exploring the conceptual foundations of the topic, outcomes from engaging in the topic, and then teach and practice with 1-2 methods that align with the topic. Each session includes lots of time for peer engagement, group discussion, questions and teaching.

Week 2 - Systems Practice

Week 3 - Purposeful Engagement

Week 4 - Reflect, Learn, Adapt

Week 5 - Define Situation

Week 6 - Gain Clarity

Week 7 - Find Leverage

Week 8 - Act Strategically

Learning Platform

Participants can engage in real time, or access the recordings. You will receive facilitation guides to apply the methods, and additional resources to support your learning.

Sessions to be hosted on the zoom platform allowing for virtual community-based distance learning.


Wednesdays, starting April 6th 2022, and running once a week for 8 weeks, ending May 25th 2022.

3:00pm - 5:00pm Melbourne time - This time period is accessible for those in Australia/New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe (check your time zone)

*recordings available for those in other time zones


Dr. Fiona McKenzie

Fiona is a human geographer with a PhD on innovation and expertise in both public policy and academic research. She is the Founder and Director of Orange Compass, a consultancy dedicated to supporting change makers on their journey to transform systems and build better futures. Fiona is respected for her ability to rapidly synthesise complex topics for decision makers and strategically co-design systems change processes with stakeholders. In addition to leading Orange Compass, Fiona works with Collaboration for Impact as a Network Member, where she led the creation of Australia's first digital knowledge and learning hub for systems change and collaboration, Platform C. She is an Honorary Associate in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Seanna Davidson

Seanna was born in Canada and immigrated to Australia in 2015. She is now based on Wadawarrung country on the traditional and unceded lands of the Kulin Nation. Seanna is a systems practitioner and process designer and works with individuals and groups to unpack complex problems through the use of systems thinking, reflective practice and action learning. Seanna’s mission is to build capacity for systems thinking because she believes that profound systems change begins from where we stand in the system. A human geographer by training, Seanna’s work draws across disciplines to explore and uncover patterns and change within social spaces. Seanna is currently the director of The Systems School, and previously the Manager of Systems Thinking and Capacity Building with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.

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