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“It was awesome!” That’s how one of last year’s participant’s summarized the RE-AMP Systems Thinking Academy.

 Apply by November 3rd

What is the Systems Thinking Academy?

The Academy is a place to dig into a complex challenge you have, and to develop strategies that get to the root of the problem. It’s also an opportunity to form lasting relationships with other people working to equitably eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in the Midwest.

It’s held virtually December 14-16, but don’t worry, it’s not just sitting on zoom for hours on end. It’s highly interactive, and also includes time completely away from your computer. Here’s how one person described last year’s event: “I couldn’t believe how smoothly this went! The facilitation was absolutely fantastic and I was so impressed with the content and almost perfect timing with the agenda.”

We’ll focus on three main themes in the Academy.

  • The role that identity plays in how we understand problems and solutions
  • The flow of power and resources through the system you are working in
  • Changing the behavior of the system, not just one outcome at a time

You can see a more detailed draft agenda, or feel free to reach out with questions. Facilitation will be provided by Alexis Goggans of Be Bold Services and RE-AMP’s Strategic Director, Gail Francis.

Who should apply?

In order to be accepted, you’ll need to have a real life challenging situation. We particularly encourage people to apply as a group, because that will allow you to more easily continue applying what you’ve learned after the three days are over. Please reach out to Gail Francis at gail@reamp.org if you need help thinking about whether your situation is a good fit for the type of analysis we’ll do at the Academy.

Additionally, you should be someone who is reasonably comfortable with complexity, or be willing to push the limits of your comfort zone. And you’ll need to be able to clear your calendar for all three days.

We strongly suggest you review the application before you apply. Please note that if you apply on behalf of a group, you MUST have firm commitments from each member of your team, and they MUST have a chance to review what you write in the application and agree to work on the project you describe in the application.

Cost

The cost for the Academy is on a sliding scale. It’s $200 for RE-AMP member organizations with a budget of more than $200,000 per year, $75 for RE-AMP member organizations with a budget of less than $200,000 per year, and $300 for non-members.

How to apply

Applications are open now until November 3. To apply:

  1. Preview the application and think of a complex challenge you want to dig into
  2. Get a team together (skip this step if you are applying on your own)
  3. Apply
  4. Save the dates, December 14-16, while you wait for a response by November 5

Questions? Contract RE-AMP’s Strategic Director, Gail Francis at gail@reamp.org!

Looking to develop your capacity to take a network approach? RE-AMP staff can help you through a tailored workshop for your organization. Not only do we bring methods, models and tools to help you see into your situation in a different way, we also bring our Network experience to the conversation as well.

“The intensive workshop we did with RE-AMP helped us reflect, dream and connect dots in profound ways. We generated a ton of great ideas for growing and strengthening our networks. We can implement some of the ideas right away, while some will take months to pull off and others will take years. I’m excited about course the workshop helped us chart. It’s going to help us do transformative work.”– Duchesne Drew, Bush Foundation

For more information reach out to Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Gavin at melissa@reamp.org

2017 REAMP Systems Academy
The 2017 RE-AMP Academy demonstrate that systemic complexity can be fun!

“The intensive workshop we did with RE-AMP helped us reflect, dream and connect dots in profound ways. We generated a ton of great ideas for growing and strengthening our networks. We can implement some of the ideas right away, while some will take months to pull off and others will take years. I’m excited about course the workshop helped us chart. It’s going to help us do transformative work.”– Duchesne Drew, Bush Foundation

Network Thinking Academy
Participants of the 2019 Network Thinking Academy reflecting on core network concepts

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