Earlier today UNIS Hanoi presented 25 High School students with certificates after they completed a new Systems Thinking and Leadership Course. This new course led by MS and HS Service Learning Coordinator Colin Campbell involved students learning how different approaches to community change using systems thinking tools and concepts. “The distance learning situation did lead to the pause of many of our service learning activities but did provide a window of opportunity for some of our High School student leaders to dig deeper into how to effect positive change in different community contexts.” Here are some of the thoughts of students that participated in the workshops.
What the Students Had to Say About the Workshops
Sarah in Grade 9 reflected on her experience; “The idea of leadership being guided with planned processes and thoughtful ideas as compared to the act of just telling people what to do or directing a group of people is a great concept. I feel like I was able to learn more about adhering and connecting to a group of people in order to find ways to make the most of all of our ideas, effort and time.”
Miyuki in Grade 10 said, “I think the iceberg model is most useful as it would help me to analyze and see the reasons behind a group’s success and problems. I would have reacted easily by glancing at an event if I didn’t know this model but with this model with mental models at the deepest section, I would be able to think about the emotions of others before I blame them. Also, the ladder broke down the step of how emotions and thoughts are developed, which was interesting too.”
“I think every leader should have a Sustainability Compass in their pocket because it lets them consider the aspects of nature, economy, society, and well-being to effectively plan and execute their ideas in order to make change” said Grade 9 student, Hee Dong Cho.
“‘How might we understand change in a community?’ I loved this part of the workshop because it cleared my mind about all types of people I have been working with and understand more about what I should do and how I should react to different people in the groups in order to build a strong united community.” My Linh, Grade 10
“The Amoeba Model of Cultural Change was particularly helpful for me because it helped me understand more about how to approach a project so that I take into account many different groups of audiences. Understanding the underlying reaction and need of different types of people allows me to build effective strategies to make sure my project or the change I want to bring about would be fitting for every possible reaction at that change.” Binh, Grade 10