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 Introduction to the Biomatrix Societal Transformation Programme

2014-05-23 12:00

Workshop outline

Dr Elisabeth Dostal will hold a one day workshop on the Biomatrix Societal Transformation Programme on 18 June, 2014 in collaboration with USB Executive Development (USB-ED) at the USB campus in Bellville, Cape Town.

During the workshop, Dr Dostal will explain the nature of systemic societal problems and how to dissolve them by involving stakeholders in the redesign of social systems so that they are effective, efficient and sustainable. These include industry supply chains and functions that are concerned with public goods and service delivery. This approach to societal transformation is derived from Biomatrix Systems Theory. In terms of this theory a societal transformation involves activity system redesign.

Why a systemic approach?
We know most of the causes of our complex societal problems (such as poverty, climate change, finance crisis, pandemics and infrastructure problems), but we do not know how to solve them. The reason is that complex problems emerge from the interaction of the various stakeholder systems from different dimensions (e.g. economic, political, technological and ecological) and levels (e.g. planetary, societal, organisational, individual, cellular).

Even if systems work well in themselves they can give rise to problems in other systems, as well as the larger whole of which they are part. For example, if the various organisations along a supply chain operate from their own self-interest (i.e. optimise their system), the overarching outcomes of the supply chain are likely to be sup-optimal, unsustainable and co-produce problems such as climate change and finance crises.

Creating sustainable systems in the public domain requires the voluntary cooperation of relatively independent stakeholders. Systems theory provides the methodology for involving and aligning stakeholders.

What will this workshop bring you?
During the workshop you will learn the theoretical principles and practical methodology to:
  • analysing systemic problems and brainstorming solutions, using an on-line tool (i.e. BiomatrixJam)
  • creating an ideal design for a public function and industry supply chain
  • managing change so that stakeholders are aligned around the design, support implementation and make the change sustainable
You will also learn how to introduce the Biomatrix Societal Transformation Programme to your organisation so that it can spearhead the transformation of the public function or industry supply chain of which it is a part.

Who should attend?
The workshop is aimed at public policy designers, strategic planners, researchers of societal problems, large NGOs who shape public policy, media representatives who shape public opinion, political leaders and corporate leaders involved in corporate social responsibility initiatives.

About Dr Elisabeth Dostal
Dr Elisabeth Dostal is a leading systems thinker who co-developed Biomatrix Systems Theory. She applies the theory to the development and transformation of social systems in both theory (through research and publications and teaching in MBA and post-graduate HR and OD programmes) and praxis (as management consultant and facilitator of action learning projects in public and private sector organisations).

More recently she developed the Biomatrix Organisation and Societal Transformation Programmes. These are blended action learning programmes that use e-learning to transmit the theoretical knowledge and apply it to the creation of implementable system (re)designs by means of facilitated team learning. She also developed the BiomatrixJam, an on-line tool for facilitating widespread stakeholder participation in problem analysis, brainstorming of solutions and design iterations.

18 June 2014

R3900 each (excluding VAT)
Should you attend both workshops (Introduction to the Biomatrix Organisation Transformation Programme workshop AND the Introduction to the Biomatrix Societal Transformation Programme workshop), the fees are R7450 (excluding VAT) to attend both.

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