Systems Thinking & Community Food Systems Workshop

This year, ThinkWater will be offering a pre in-service systems thinking and community food systems workshop.

Introduction to Systems Thinking

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, Amherst Junction, WI


Offered as part of the Community Food Systems Team In-service at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in Amherst Junction, WI (just east of Stevens Point).  Participants are encouraged to, but do not need to attend the inservice.



Systems Thinking combines an understanding of how human and natural systems work (systems science) and how we think (cognitive science).  Understanding systems thinking can improve how we act in any given system (eg, a community food system) and educate others about that system.

Workshop Description

ThinkWater’s Jeremy Solin and Jennifer Kushner will facilitate the workshop examining why systems thinking is useful in addressing the everyday and complex community food systems  issues we face.  They will introduce the 4 simple rules of systems thinking – making Distinctions, understanding the wholes and parts of Systems, identifying Relationships, and taking Perspectives (DSRP). They will share ThinkWater tools and resources that will help to deepen your audience’s’ understanding of your topic and to enhance your own program development and evaluation.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Learn systems thinking concepts
  2. Learn visual and tactile systems thinking modeling methods
  3. Learn about free systems thinking resources available online from ThinkWater




***If you plan on attending the Systems Thinking workshop and NOT attending the CFS Team In-service, you only have to respond to registration questions 1-7 but PLEASE CLICK THROUGH ENTIRE SURVEY SO YOUR RESPONSES ARE RECORDED***

Please make your own reservations if you need lodging the night before the workshop. If you are attending the Community Food Systems Team in-service, your travel and lodging will be reimbursed. You will receive the instructions for your TER after the in-service.


Here are some lodging options near CWES:

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 

La Quinta Inn

Holiday Inn

Fairfield Inn 

Please contact Jeremy Solin if you have any questions/concerns and for any accommodations you may need at the workshop.

Jeremy Solin, Wisconsin ThinkWater Coordinator

UW-Extension Cooperative Extension, Program Development and Evaluation l 715.340.0376 l