Systems Innovation 2019

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Systems Innovation 2019 will be a conference on the topics of Complexity Thinking & Systems Change taking place in Barcelona at the end of March 2019. This is an open forum for those organizations and individuals applying complexity and systems thinking in various areas of economy, society, technology or environment towards enabling systems innovation and change – it is for anyone who feels that complexity or systems thinking is central to what they do and wishes to engage with peer organizations and individuals in open discussion and ideas exchange.

The event will bring together up to 10-20 organizations and some 100 individual participants, for an active weekend of presentations, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions on applying the ideas of complexity and systems thinking. The forum will be an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and perspectives with others in an open space, to foster collaboration and awareness across the community, to hear from our speakers and brainstorm on specific issues of interest to participants. 

Basic Info


This will be a weekend conference of presentations, workshops and open discussion sessions


This is for those interested in applying complexity thinking to tackling real-world issues and enabling systems change.


The event will take place in Spaces co-working located in the @22 innovation district in the center of Barcelona.


Two full day events set for the weekend of the 30 – 31st of March.


Bring your questions, imagination and enthusiasm for a topic of your interest because this will not be a passive weekend break, but a user generated event. We are mindful that flying people around costs the planet, it costs time, energy and money, we expect everyone to be actively engage in creating an event that has real value and outcomes that move the discussion on systems innovation forward – we have designed the conference to facilitate active engagement from all parties.


6 keynote speakers that will present a broad overview to the topics of systems thinking and systems change


Guest speakers will present for 40 min each on the 15 different themes with time for Q&A


Partner organizations will lead workshops & brainstorming sessions where you can bring your ideas to the table

Panel Discussion

Panel discussions with moderators going in-depth on key topics of interest during 60 min sessions

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

6 keynote speakers setting the general theme around Systems thinking and systems change

6 keynote speakers setting the general theme around Systems thinking and systems change

Orit Gal

Senior Lecturer for Strategy and Complexity at Regents University London

Social Acupuncture

The aim of any action is to alter an existing reality. Yet our reality is complex, full of interdependent forces, and shaped by numerous players operating through dense networks. Fortunately for us though, this is also where strategic potential and operational leverage lie. So what if we could make complexity work for us?

Louis Klein

Dean at the European School of Governance, founder of the Systemic Change Institute

Systems Change

Louis Klein, Dean of the European School of Governance, will review the state of affairs in systems change. Based on a critical reflection of the SDG implementation, impact investment and social entrepreneurship he will explore how systemic change first and second order make global change a realistic option meeting a VUCA world with systemic courage.

Philippe Vandenbroeck

Founding Partner at ShiftN Systems thinker and consultant

Systems Tinkering

In this talk I would like to stretch the canvas a bit and talk about the necessity to mesh ‘thinking’ with ‘doing’, resulting in the always precarious practice of ‘systems tinkering’. And this practice is undergirded by a particular disposition, a particular way of being-in-the-world which I would characterise as ‘systems being’. It is only by respecting and cultivating the nexus of thinking-tinkering-being that we can develop into skilled ‘systems learners’.

Deon Cloete

Senior Researcher at Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Systems Leadership

In this talk, Deon Cloete will unpack a complexity-informed re-imagination of the roles of change agents as systems change co-curators. Co-curatorship is about ‘hospicing’ prevailing systems and fostering conditions for emergent systems. The artistry of Systems Leaders demands an enabling of complexity-informed systems transformability by cultivating complexity thinking.

Diane Nijs

Professor Imagineering Breda University of Applied Sciences


Imagineering is a complexity-based design approach to effectuate whole system change. For two decades now Diane Nijs with Breda University of Applied Sciences has been doing experimental design & research in coping with all kind of complex systems challenges. In this presentation she will first describe the design approach and then discuss the ins- and outs of their discoveries in practice.

Joss Colchester

Founder at Systems Innovation

Systems Innovation

Systems Innovation is a term that has risen to prominence in the past decades in the face of a mounting set of complex “wicked” challenges, however it is still a term that remains poorly defined. In this talk Joss Colchester will give an over view to the concepts of systems thinking and how these ideas can be put to work through the use of information technology to enable true whole systems change.



Discussion Forums


The event will take place in our co-working space which is located in an innovation district in the center of Barcelona – just 15 min walk from the historic center. Barcelona presents an ideal location, not just a great place to visit but also a center of design, architecture, a leading smart city, and one of Europe’s primary innovation hubs. Located just ten minutes walk from the mediterranean sea the event space is situated in the area of 22@Barcelona a new technology and innovation district and currently the largest urban renewal project in Europe.