Masterclass 1

Systems Thinking, Modelling and Simulation – Foundational Pillars helping us navigate through these uncertain times

Lecturer: Jawahar Bhalla

When: Wednesday, 10 November, 2:15PM – 6:15PM AEDT

Cost: $100

The last 24 months (since the last ASC) have been perhaps the most uncertain of times on a global scale in living human memory. Population growth in conjunction technological advances driving ever increasing socio technical interconnectivity have all but depleted the buffers of time and space that our planet provided. We are seeing the emergent effects of this exceedance through the overwhelming intersection of three global crises – Global Pollution, Climate Change and the Pandemic. There is a growing need to focus not just on symptoms, but on underlying patterns, architectures and root causes; to understand mental models that drive these and thereby mitigate the dangers from unintended consequences and turn crises into opportunities. Systems Thinking, Modelling and Simulation are critical competences that will be foundational in helping us understand and deal with complexity and to navigate a safe and secure path through these uncertain times.

This Masterclass will provide an overview of systems principles, modelling and simulation concepts that underpin the understanding of systems, broadly structured into three parts. The first will focus on catalysing an understanding of foundational systems, modelling and simulation principles and concepts, using an exploratory “three-perspectives” approach, starting with the “why” (motivation for), shifting then to the “what” (definitional aspects) and following up with the ”how” (explanation and application). The second will introduce and examine the Cynefin framework as an aid in understanding systems, behaviours and in decision making in terms of five domains – Obvious, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic and Disorder – that help identify and understand systems or situations and make sense of our own or others’ behaviours. The framework draws on research from system theory, complexity theory, network theory and learning theory. The third will then contextualise the systems, modelling and simulation concepts outlined above in real-world examples to demonstrate the nature, relevance and power of these concepts, including a significant allocation of time to interactive feedback, discussion and Q&A.

Masterclass 2

Debrief/After Action Review – Evaluating and Improving Training Outcomes

Lecturers: Stephen Guinea, Elyssebeth Leigh and Jawahar Bhalla

When: Thursday, 11 November, 1:00PM – 5:00PM AEDT

Cost: $100

This Masterclass covers the approaches and methods for evaluating and improving the performance of trainees and the conduct of training. It will cover the fundaments of Debrief/After Action Review and be applicable to all training domains. Key considerations will be the required process and example tools, and how we configure simulations to enable debrief data capture. Extracting and abstracting the right data out of the captured database is fundamental to providing the appropriate feedback. While After Action Review refers to something done at the end there are also opportunities for debrief during the training. Coverage will include key Debrief concepts in terms of definitions, purpose, planning, preparing, conduct and following up after the session. It will discuss key problems and opportunities typically encountered during a debrief and provide techniques to deal with these effectively and efficiently. The Masterclass will provide not only an introduction, but case studies/ lessons learnt from key practitioners in the field.

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