Whole Systems: Design in Practice (online)

Every design begins with a decision. Every decision leads to a change. Together, we will root into the foundations of systems thinking to investigate the intentional design of our living spaces, communities, and selves.

In this course, we’ll ask: How might we cultivate creative approaches to applying a design lens to our lives? What are the tools, frameworks, practices, and mindsets ? Where does interdependence show up in our life design? What shifts when we understand ourselves through lenses of social ecology, positionality, and relational context?

Think whole systems methodologies, social permaculture, and an honoring of the unknown, bundled into one experiential course. We will use a non-prescriptive, open framework to orient ourselves with a systems lens; activating curiosity, generating intention, and integrating responsiveness and evaluation. Through exercises, inquiry, reflective practice, and peer learning, you will learn how to apply design thinking tools and concepts to your personal life design process.

This class meets Wednesday evenings 6:30 PM -8:00 PM EST for 5 sessions, June 2 - June 30.


Land and Community Planning, New Course, Online


All levels


  • Sterling College: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)