How has 2020 changed you and what actions can you take to build or maintain resilience during uncertain times?

In this 10-minute video, we will introduce systems thinking as an approach to problem-solving and understanding the world. We will explore how adopting systems thinking habits can help us to become aware of how we function within broader contexts and how we can take positive actions to become more resilient during tough times.

To look more closely at the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker introduced in the video, you can download the cards as a 1-page PDF document or explore an interactive set of the cards with key questions found on the Waters Center for Systems Thinking website (Note: you will need to sign up for an account to access the interactive cards).

UNL CASNR student and IANR Science Literacy intern, Peyton Bishop, explores how the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects have impacted her life and how she is managing the added stress in her Loopy reflection video.

How about you?

We invite you to think about how 2020 has impacted some aspect of your life. Reflect on your situation within broader contexts and create a Loopy to explore how interactions in the big picture have caused ripple effects in your day-to-day life.

We recognize that everyone is experiencing the pandemic differently and you may choose to focus on a range of impacts including those that are positive, negative, or a bit of both. Regardless of what changes you choose to highlight in your Loopy model, we encourage you to press play and watch your system in motion.

As you build and play with your model, capture your reflections in a video or audio recording or a journal entry.

  • What do you notice?
  • What do you wonder?
  • What's going on in your system?

Share your insights with others. If you want to share your reflection with a supportive community, feel free to record a Flipgrid video and share your thoughts with us!