Who we are
Through a range of activities from short term projects to long term programs of engagement, SDI strives to create and nurture systemic perspectives amongst participants in a manner that ensures that learning and development are sustainable beyond the formal activities themselves.
Participants in SDI activities learn how to use systemic tools and techniques and develop systems competencies that assist them to address complex situations that are typically characterised by conflicting worldviews and often mixed-agenda human activities. Interactions between SDI professionals and both business and public service agencies across world-wide research and consulting networks, continue to illustrate that people learn how to think and act systemically most effectively through their experiential involvement in everyday events that are in some way problematic to them and for which they seek new processes for resolution.
SDI has its roots in a radical approach to learning, action research and community engagement initially developed at the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury) in the late 70's. Subsequent developments of these initial ideas and practices have evolved across an ever-expanding international arena through active collaboration with students, researchers, organisational leaders and business managers in a range of national and international settings. The current management board of SDI consists of an Executive Director, currently Roger Packham, and three other Directors, Richard Bawden, Ray Ison and Bruce McKenzie all of whom are also Fellows of the institute with extensive experience as educators, researchers and consultants between them. Each one has an international standing in the field of systemics - the application and development of systemic thinking and action in complex situations.
People associated with SDI may be Fellows, Associates, Clients or Alumni. SDI Fellows and Associates are appointed by invitation based on their experience and enthusiasm for tackling complex social and organisational issues using systemic approaches. Associates may work as short term consultants on specific projects or long-term engagements through which all parties benefit from network membership and the development of specific communities of practice.
Further information: Roger Packham + 61 0414190188