While your personal preferences and professional background may draw you to certain dimensions of the curriculum more than others, we invite you to consider the importance of integrative whole systems design very carefully. So many of the problems we are facing today stem from our compartmentalised approach to identifying and solving problems in isolation. In an interconnected and constantly changing world most problems and most solutions are always somehow hitched to each other.
Finding wise responses and truly transformative innovations to move us from the mess we are in towards a thriving future for all will require us to not just change our practices, but equally importantly, the way we think and the worldview and value systems we base our design decisions on. The GEDS curriculum has been carefully crafted to help you become a specialised generalist, able to facilitate multi-stakeholder conversations and help diverse teams create integrated whole systems design solutions. For this intention to be successful, we invite you to take the whole course first, even if you later choose to practise or teach predominantly in one of the four dimensions.
The value and significance of each dimension will be amplified and strengthened by a deeper understanding of the value and significance of all the other dimensions. To shift from a cultural narrative of separation and competition to a cultural narrative of interbeing, we need more people to be able to articulate the importance of seeing the whole picture and working as integrative whole systems designers. Please join this course. Your community and the community of life need your help in creating a thriving future for all!