Thinking Through Systems

Training and Skills for the Future

To address major global challenges such as cyber security, climate change, non-communicable diseases or food security, and to drive the achievements of Sustainable Development Goals, youth are called to act and be at the forefront. As much as institutions have strengthened their strategic partnerships with the youth across the globe to foster their involvement – providing platforms to showcase, collaborate, and exchange – solutions by this young demography are generally confined and focused on addressing siloed aspects of the challenges.

The challenge for education now is to evolve from subject-based competency to a systematic approach based on understanding and solving problems with a broad perspective. When young people graduate, savvy in their own fields, and take on to shape solutions either through civil society, public or private sector, strategies tend to be restricted to a narrow understanding of a challenge and not really a system-wide perspective. Hence, governance systems rely on synergy and coordination of such strategies to address problems to a certain extent.

But there could be significant strides if training institutions embraced a system paradigm method that supports the understanding and design solutions from a cross-disciplinary view. Subject-matters and systems are now more interconnected than ever before. It is imperative for skills to respond accordingly.

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