Unraveling complexity to accelerate systems change

Event date: April 25, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Sustainalab, Amsterdam

Join POLDER, SustainaLab, UvA and Net Impact Amsterdam to understand and learn how complexity theory can drive impact at scale!

How can we change our world for the better?

Change is difficult. This is largely due to the fact that our economies and societies consist of intransparent, dynamic, complex systems. Making an impact requires us to navigate these systems and find the levers where the smallest intervention can drive fundamental change.

POLDER (Policy Decision-support and Evidence-based Reasoning) researches complex systems and develops modelling tools that enable us to understand and influence them. POLDER is part of the UvA’s research platforms on sustainability and will host this event on complexity at Sustainalab.

During this unique workshop POLDER will share their methodology with the changemakers in the Net Impact Amsterdam community. The objectives are:

  1. Give you a general understanding of how to model complex systems using systems dynamics modelling
  2. Equip you to practically apply the theory within your own domain to drive greater impact
  3. Discover new applications and potential research collaboration opportunities

A hands-on workshop will be organised where use cases provided by the community (so think of use cases you would like to submit!) will be modelled in groups to understand the system dynamics and levers for change.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and connect with like-minded professionals in the field. See you there!


  • 16-16.30: Walk-in with coffee and tea
  • 16.30-17.10: Introduction to POLDER, Sustainalab and complex system modelling
  • 17.10-18.10: Hands-on systems dynamics modelling workshop
  • 18.10-18.30: Reflection and closing
  • 18.30 onwards:Drinks at the nearby Cafe Restaurant Polder

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