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System Thinking Workshop by Riichiro Oda


Thu Apr 18 2019, 9:30am–6:00pm
Fri Apr 19 2019, 9:30am–6:00pm
Sat Apr 20 2019, 9:30am–6:00pm

Where: Grand Corpthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392 Havelock Rd, River, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Workshop Ticket - 3 Days: $1,350.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: jean9pp

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) is the living reality of today’s society. Every day we live and experience changes. In such a dynamic environment, today’s solutions may in fact bear unintended consequences tomorrow.

In solving problems, we often times choose the “quick fix” route due to the very human tendency to jump into conclusions. This could be attributed to a lack of knowledge about the larger system dynamics, feedback loops and unintended consequences in the workplace system. One-way thinking or linear thinking, is not an ideal way to resolve problems in a VUCA world as it looks at processes in a sequential order.

How then can we adapt to a reality of VUCA where change is abrupt and unpredictable? The best way is to employ the tools and concepts of System Thinking which help us in determining root causes and deeper forces at work therefore, allowing us to get a bird’s eye view of the situation.

Course Objectives

During this 3-day experiential learning workshop, we will explore the five pillars of the learning organization (Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Systems Thinking, Team Learning and Shared Vision) through a series of simulations, short lectures, interactive small group activities as well as dialogue and reflection.

Designed for individuals to gain a broader and more strategic perspective, this workshop helps individuals to:

- Understand the systemic structure of issues and enhance your capabilities in issue-identification, problem-solving, communication and facilitation
- Apply tools including behaviour-over-time graphs, casual-loop-diagrams and System Archetypes to determine and analyse underlying personal and organizational issues
- Build a more resilient organisation with continual growth, and to be a more efficient leader who is able to actualise the potential of your teams and members


Riichiro Oda

I am a change agent for a better society and a champion on systems thinking and organizational learning in Japan. After starting my career at a multinational company and at an environmental NGO, I co-founded Change Agent, Inc. in 2005, which provides learning and process consulting addressing social issues and business opportunities in co-creating shared values with the society. My focus is on shared value creation across sectors and capacity development at both individual and organizational levels.

I have written and translated a dozen of books in the field of organizational learning and systems thinking, and I frequently speak to audience from corporations, governments, international organizations, and NGOs in Japan and abroad. I co-founded a global network of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) communities and have worked with many professionals worldwide.