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MIT Systems Awareness Lab Conference

January 17 - January 19

We invite you to join us for the first ever MIT Systems Awareness Research Conference, hosted in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A this January 17-19, 2023. This conference is designed as a research-practitioner learning community, where science and research partners from MIT and around the world come into conversation with education practitioners involved in ongoing systems change processes aimed at creating more compassionate ways of learning that connect students, adults and communities in shaping healthier futures.

Featured speakers include:

“Towards a Systems Awareness Methodology” – Mette Boell, Center for Systems Awareness and MIT Systems Awareness Lab

“Systems Awareness and Equity”  Michael McAfee, CEO and President Policy Link

“Interoception and Awareness in the Brain”  John Gabrieli, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

“Compassionate Evidence” – Tyralynn Frazier, Research Scientist, SEE Learning, Emory University

“Funding Ongoing Systems Change Processes” – LaVerne Evans Srinivasan, Vice President, Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Sophie Fanelli, President, Stuart Foundation 

“Play as Learning” – Eric Klopfer, Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade, MIT

“Reflections on Systems Change” – Peter Senge, MIT Systems Awareness Lab and Center for Systems Awareness

See full agenda for further details. We hope you’ll join us for this innovative research gathering at MIT.

About the Conference

Education systems everywhere are under stress, trapped between a history of Industrial Age priorities and standards and the demands to help societies foster social and ecological well-being and to align with a dynamic workplace that requires greater creativity, entrepreneurship and collaboration skills.  Students are not engaged by education systems designed for the past when they know they face an uncertain future of climate change, global migrations and political instability. They know that much of the traditional content of education can now be accessed on-line, which naturally demands that schools focus on learning that cannot be done remotely.  Yet, by and large, schools continue to function as they have – and few people even imagine that the sector of education as a whole could be a primary engine of societal innovation.    
The MIT Systems Awareness Lab is studying how dedicated communities of educators are advancing important and needed shifts in their education systems.  This conference explores the gaps in our scientific understanding of how communities, particularly in education, change over time and create the conditions for more generative social fields – the healthy and thriving classrooms, workplaces and institutional spaces that contribute to individual and community learning, development, and wellbeing.


January 17
January 19
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Lana Cook


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