Adaptive thinking for complex policy

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course


In this course participants will learn skills and technique that will assist them in dealing with complex policy and work issues. The course will focus on assisting people to become aware of their unconscious “operating system” and how that shapes their performance in their personal and work environment. Participants will explore the principles behind applying complex adaptive systems in the areas of policy and strategy development and implementation. The principles highlight to participants how they may need to redefine and/or enhance their approaches to deal with the complex dynamics of both the internal and external operating landscapes.

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 16 May 2018
#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

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Important information about your enrolment

All full day subscription courses are $1,350 (GST incl) unless otherwise specified. Maximum class size is 22 participants. Full day courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Group discounts are available for bulk registrations of 3 or more participants. To receive the group discount, registrations must include full details of all participants attending.

Cancellations or changes to course registrations should be provided in writing to at the earliest opportunity. Substitutions of registrants or shifting to other courses is permissible but subject to approval and may incur a cost.

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Course overview

The course provides an overview of the key elements of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) in the context of policy and strategy development and policy implementation. During the course, participants will explore new ways of thinking and developing policy. Exercises are presented to provide practical experience to deeply connect with the principles and tools of CAS. By the end of the course participants are able to return to work with a new way of thinking that can be applied in the workplace.

Course convenor

Dr Gary Saliba

Gary Saliba is Director of Strategic Journeys, a management consulting company, which assists people in organisations to enhance their skills for performance to manage ambiguity and uncertainty.

The unique role of Gary and his company is the integration of complex adaptive systems thinking with futures studies and strategy development. This approach has enabled him to consult extensively across a range of government and commercial enterprises to develop organisational strategy that is based on plausible futures, using the scenario development methodology.

Gary’s approach is to work with people to enhance their processes in understanding their organisation’s operating environment and their own ways of operating. This all leads to more informed decision-making and improved responsiveness and flexibility in an ever increasingly complex environment.

Gary holds a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

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