INCASA Workshop: System Thinking Goes Nation Wide

IMG_7031_edit SBM ITB in collaboration with Indonesia National Committee for Applied System Analysis (INCASA) and the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti), held a workshop on system thinking for public policy development on 9-10 November 2017 at Jakarta Campus. With the aim of spreading system thinking paradigm to the policy makers in Indonesia, this workshop was organized to disseminate the application of systems thinking for understanding national problems and then developing policies to solve those problems.

Dr. Manahan Siallagan as one of the speakers in the workshop emphasized the significance of system thinking on his lecture. “From the iceberg phenomenon analogy, silo-thinking in policy development resulted only the tip of the iceberg. That is too risky,” said him.

The participants comes from a wide range of government ministries and institutions, including Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS, Ministry of Communication and Information, Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). In this two-day intensive workshop, participants successfully constructed their mental model on national current issues: disruptive technologies and health care access. Using a systems dynamics software, the participants also transformed their mental models into causal-loop and stock-flow diagrams. One of the participants, Susanna Renna Ertanti of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, was pleased to participate in this workshop. “This workshop needs to be conducted regularly because system thinking shall be used in policy making practice.”

Dr. Yos Sunitiyoso as the workshop chair reinforced the argument as he aimed for a high-sounding impact of the workshop. “This is only the beginning. Hopefully from this workshop, public policy makers will realize how important to analyze a problem as a system before developing and implementing a policy,” closed him.

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