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Mastering Complexity Language

Qualitative Systems Mapping Techniques

Next Courses To Be Announced

6 Interactive Weekly
Online Sessions
Live Classes
Maximum 16 Participants per Cohort


In this course, you will learn to use Stock and Flow Maps to gain fluency in using the complexity language. Stock and Flow systems mapping technique provides a rigorous basis for developing a quantitative and predictive model of a system. It enables the formulation and testing of scenarios and factors influencing the behaviour of the system.

Stocks represent resources that can accumulate or be depleted, such as the goods in the inventory of a company. Flows are entities that can increase or decrease a stock, like production or sales changing the inventory level. Mapping Stocks and their Flows in a system provides a powerful conceptualization method for understanding the relationship between resource structures in a system, and for observing behaviour over time.

Mapping Stocks and Flows sharpens your scientific reasoning skills and hone your capacity to develop a quantitative understanding of non-linearity, feedback, delays, and ripple effects in systems. This mapping technique can help you formulate and test hypotheses about interdependencies and feedback processes that influence the behavior of a system.


If you would like to...

  • learn effectively in and about complexity through quantitative systems mapping,

  • create your own tools for sense-making to reflect and match the uniqueness of your design problems,

  • identify the most effective leverage points to make organizational-level changes,

  • communicate the structure of complex situations in an effective and intuitive way,

  • complement your qualitative expertise with quantitative thinking,

...then this course is for you.


More On Complexity

Dynamism, nonlinearity, ubiquitous delays, co-flows

Resource Maps

Stocks, flows and information elements

Ageing Chains

Conceptualizing resource maturation and development through and within systems 

Levarage Points

Places for an effective intervention in a system

Multi-Stock Systems

Mapping resource interdependencies and feedback processes


"The course is a much needed chance to take a step back and look at difficult situations with rationality and realize, what others are challenged by in their life and their job. Puts things into perspective, every time. Very grateful to experience such mental stimulation."
"Great foundation to start making sense of what seems to make no sense."
"Whoever says they can’t tackle complex problems has not attended this course to find the tools that give them this code of complexity untangling! There’s no such thing as too complex when you are given the tool to map complexity."
"I can not stop telling my friends about the things I see here. I did not expect the theory to emerge in such real and practical way to look at systems. A powerful tool for personal and professional life."
"Dissolve Design’s courses in system thinking you will learn to see problems in their fuller, multi-faceted context and be able use this broader perspective to create more meaningful and lasting solutions."
"I was greatly impressed with how this course presented systems thinking in depth and the tools for working with it to address real-world issues"

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