Systems thinking, for good.
Presentation followed by discussion

We learnt what systems thinking is, and how it can be used for good in your projects or business. We heard from a diverse range of panelists on how systems thinking has impacted their decision making, and why it’s important for the future.

This event took place on Tuesday 9th August.

Event overview

Systems are all around us, they are the interconnectedness and interrelationships of all living and non-living things – something that is naturally acknowledged in te ao Māori.

Systems thinking looks at the process of understanding and communicating about reality that allows us to work with systems to increase the quality of our lives. When we apply systems thinking to a project, initiative, or business, it allows us to look holistically at the consequences, interdependencies, and gaps in our systems that currently cause injustice, or inequality, and address these systems to benefit the wellbeing of the earth, ourselves, and those around us.

We heard from our panel, made up of innovators, change makers, and business leaders, on what systems thinking in the context of good means to them, how it has impacted their decision making, and why they think it will be essential in the future.

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Meet our panelists

Saskia Verraes

Saskia is a devoted fighter for a better world. One that is socially just, economically inclusive and environmentally restorative.

In her role at The Mind Lab as Sustainable Futures Advisor she’s able to leverage her 25+ years experience in various international senior and executive roles including as Chief Responsibility Management Officer for Tourism Holdings Limited in Auckland.

Julio Bin

Julio is a change agent whose purpose is to enable people to understand how they can create positive change (social, economic and environmental). He believes in the power of common unity and has been working to connect the individual wisdom towards the collective well-being.

His academic background and professional experiences are important but it is his holistic and systemic thinking that can generate transformational change.

Priti Ambani

A strategic business technologist and evangelist for women in business, Priti has 18+ years of experience in various roles across engineering, business, strategy, consulting and education.

Priti is the Director of New Business and Innovation at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global leader in digital, IT and business services. She joined TCS New Zealand to grow the NZ business and leverage TCS’ global capability for NZ businesses, communities and the environment.

She is also co-founder of Project: Moonshot that has launched initiatives like Moonshot: City, a podcast and blog exploring the big questions around what makes a resilient and regenerative city.

Juhi Shareef

Juhi Shareef is the Chief Responsibility officer at Tourism Holdings Ltd where she oversees risk and sustainability for the business. As Chair of the Battery Industry Group (B.I.G.), Juhi led the design of a product stewardship scheme for large batteries that supports a circular economy.

Alongside  Priti, Juhi is Co-Founder of Project: Moonshot, an initiative that aims to accelerate the shift to regenerative economic systems. The latest Moonshot initiative is the Moonshot Map of circular and regenerative projects across Aotearoa NZ.

Meet our facilitator

Hancine is an an education leader, who strongly believes in the power of lifelong learning, overcoming obstacles to figure out your strengths, and harnessing what you learn for good.

In her role as the Programme Lead for our post graduate certificate Leading Change for Good she brings her experience in change, and her knowledge of the vital position that leadership has in change. She supports students on their learning journey with her passion and leadership expertise.

What is 'Leading Change for Good'?

The Mind Lab’s Leading Change for Good is a Postgraduate Certificate that focuses on leadership and transformation for real, lasting impact where it matters the most. It’s a 34-week programme, the first of it’s kind in New Zealand.

The programme aims to provide people from diverse industries and communities with the knowledge and skills to effectively instigate and lead collaborations and partnerships, and apply environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable practices for positive impact in times of change.

If you’re keen on something more compact and fully online, check out Leading Beyond Sustainability, our 8-week micro-credential.