The Complex Thinking Academy
The Complex Thinking Academy (CTA) is an outreach and scientific extension and dissemination activities project, within the Building Foundations for Complex Thinking. It aims at promoting a Complexity Paradigm (Morin, 2005) and a pragmatic Complex Thinking Approach (Melo, 2020), raising awareness of the implications, consequences and effects of the adoption of (more or less) complex modes of thinking.
To promote and disseminate knowledge regarding key organising principles of Complexity and (relatively more) Complex Systems as well as to key properties underlying the practice of Complex Thinking.
To promote modes of thinking congruent with the organising principles of Complexity and (relatively more) Complex Systems
To increase the complexity of the thinking practiced in different levels and contexts of organisation of Science and Society
The Complex Thinking Academy iniciates adopt a pragmatic focus exploring what the practice of (more) Complex (forms of) thinking entail and what are its implications.
The Complex Thinking Academy may assume different formats. The most elementary workshops take the form of 3 to 4 hours introductory workshops focused on raising awareness. More in-depth and elaborate programs include several sessions and different types of activities. They may target more specialised or specific contexts with a focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of tools and strategies to support the practice of Complex Thinking in Science, Governance and Policy-Making contexts, Contexts of Interventions with Social Systems, Society at Large and in Everyday Life.
Complex Thinking Academy: Introductory Workshops
The Complex Thinking Academy has, so far, mostly been implemented through the form of introductory Workshops, varying in depth and intensity, from 1 session of 3-4 hours to multiple sessions. Participants start with an imaginary scenario and participate in training sessions to use particular tools to support Complex Thinking. In the multiple sessions version, additional real scenarios may be are introduced, close to the participants' realities and with more in-depth discussions and working sessions focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of tools and strategies to support applied complex Thinking. The workshops may be adapted and customised for particular contexts and groups of participants.
Until the moment, CTA workshops have been conducted and adapted for the general population, groups of academics, researchers and undergraduate and graduate students as well as for schools and secondary grade students. In 2021 the workshops they were adapted to a virtual virtual format. The CTA have been facilitated in English and Portuguese languages.
In the future we plan to develop more extensive programs with sets of workshops targeting policy-makers, scientists and practitioners in diverse settings as well as formal and informal education contexts, including children and youth of different ages.
Training materials CTA
Analogic training materials CTA
Training materials CTA
CTA At York Festival of Ideas 2018- Instructors: Ana and Leo
Welcoming the new recruits of the CTA!
Virtual Complex Thinking Academy spaces (using Miro)
Virtual thinking lab: Observatron and Relatoscope
The CTA workshops basic role-playing scenario: Introduction to ComplexCity
ComplexCity initial plan
ComplexCity Year 2118
The participant's briefing report comprehends the initial information provided to participants and that sets the scene for the activities and introduces the situation of ComplexCity. The instructors' report has additional and more detailed information to which participants have access depending on the questions they pose during the sessions and/or of the instructors facilitation strategy, adapted and fitted for the unfolding of the thinking in each group.
Past CTA workshops
Flyer York Festival of Ideas
CTA at Associação Cultura Curto Espaço 2019
Collective mapping of Critical Observers
Use of analogic Relatoscopes and Observatrons
Observatrons being used
S. João Madeira 2019-under CES Goes to School
Virtual CTA under CES Goes to School- View of video gallery
S. João da Madeira 2019- under CES Goes to School
Training, new developments, adaptations and evaluation research
If you wish to be trained to be a trainer of the Complex Thinking Academy, adapt the materials to particular contexts and applications or expand it, or conduct evaluation or other research studies about the Complex Thinking Academies please contact us. We will be happy to exploring ways of collaborating.
Requesting Complex Thinking Academy workshops
If you wish to run a 'Complex Thinking Academy' workshop at your research centre, community, school, or workplace please contact us. We are now running both face-to-face and online events.