Workshop 4: Systems Thinking with Professor Jason Jay

Date & Time

Wednesday, Feb 19th, 2020

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM


R-414AB (Harvard Kennedy School (79 JFK Street, Cambridge)_


The Social Innovation + Change Initiative is delighted to host Jason Jay, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative, for a workshop on systems thinking. This workshop will help social innovators learn the skills of systems thinking – a process that guides individuals in examining and understanding the “root causes” of a problem.  Social innovators will have the opportunity to map a social problem and to identify potential leverage points for social change.

All are welcome to attend. This workshop will especially appeal to students working to understand a specific social problem. We highly recommend that students who have registered for the 2020 Map the System Competition attend this workshop.

Jason Jay
Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. He teaches executive and masters-level courses on strategy, innovation, and leadership for sustainable business. He has helped secure MIT Sloan’s position as a leader in the field of sustainability through teaching, research, and industry engagement. Dr. Jay’s publications have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal and California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Greenbiz. With Gabriel Grant, he is the author of the international bestseller Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World. Dr. Jay also works as a facilitator for companies, organizations, and business families, supporting high-quality conversation and shared commitment to ambitious sustainability goals. His clients have included Novartis, Bose, Environmental Defense Fund, BP and the World Bank.