Forum Itinerary



There are two options for the Indianapolis Systems Thinking Forum. We encourage participation in both days (Mar. 29 & 30) where possible. REGISTRATION DEADLINE is March 21! 


One Day Option

March 29, 2019, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Venue: Butler University


Fundamentals of Systems Thinking Workshop

Systems thinking is a powerful approach to critical thinking, goal achievement, social innovation and system transformation. Systems thinkers utilize strategies and tools to develop a clear and deep understanding of the interconnected parts that produce system behavior. This informed understanding leads to the identification of practical leverage actions that help produce transformative outcomes.  

Whether you are an educator, business leader, community volunteer, civic leader, or simply a lifelong learner, you will walk away with new ideas, insights and skills to impact your system.

During the day participants will engage with interactive, hands-on activities in order to understand and practice systems thinking concepts, including:

  • Learning and applying the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker in a variety of contexts.
  • Understanding the causal interdependencies that influence the behavior of complex systems.
  • Identifying mental models that may influence behavior and actions.
  • Discovering concrete strategies to impact systems.
  • Practicing problem solving, decision making, and communication within groups that are made up of diverse perspectives working toward common goals.


Two-Day Option

March 29 Workshop PLUS Mar 30 Collaborative Session, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Venue: Butler University


Systems Thinking: Reflection and Collaborative Planning

Take advantage of the opportunity to apply and deepen your learning from Day 1! The purpose of this Reflection and Collaborative planning session is to network with other attendees (many from systems different than your own) with the goal of creating concrete next steps to produce the change you desire as an individual and as a collective whole.

Student perspective and student voice will be a main focus and feature of the day, with presentations from students from the International School of Indiana and students from other schools in the region. The day will be filled with group sharing and discussion, mapping exercises, interactive application of the habits and tools of systems thinking, kinesthetic activities, opportunities to clarify your understanding of systems thinking concepts, and more.

Be prepared to leave with action items and innovative ways to continue your systems thinking learning journey!   


Traveling and Accommodation 

We have reserved a room block at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis – $159/night with breakfast included. The hotel is approximately 5 miles (15-minute drive) from the Butler campus. Please note, we will not be providing transportation to and from the hotel, however, Ubers/Lyfts are great options.

To book, visit the hotel website here. 

Select Add Special Rate Codes and enter WFS under Group Code.

You can also book via phone:

Call 317.236.1800 and ask for Reservations. Please have your guests identify themselves with Waters Foundation Systems Thinking Forum, noting the Special Rate Code, WFS.



Register now! Last chance to register is March 21!


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