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Multi-Level-Perspective: Analyzing Complex Societal Problems

If you work with Design Thinking you might have asked yourself: How to apply the methodology to challenges to our society? Where many stakeholders and many different factors have to be taken into account the common Design Thinking process reaches its limits. The multi-level perspective of Frank Geels (Professor of System Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School) offers a framework for a deep analysis of complex systemic problems, and may add value to the Design Thinking process.

This practical workshop is dedicated to people who are already working with the Design Thinking framework and want to extend their skillset. Our speaker Lea Sauer from transition by design will introduce the multi-level perspective as a tool to understand how long-term societal change occurs. By deconstructing a current complex societal problem on the three levels “niche”, “regime” and “landscape” we will learn how to identify points for interventions in order to foster change.

After introducing the multi-level-perspective framework, there will be an interactive workshop session facilitated by the D.Collective to figure out how to apply the multi-level perspective to the Design Thinking process. Together, we will create some templates and workshop methods that allow us to dig deeper. At the end of the workshop, all the materials that are created will be published among the participants in an open-source approach.



Here to empower the individual, who then will bring positive change to politics, education or society. We are thriving for empathy, empowerment and equality. We imagine a world full of freedom where everybody is able to work without borders. As an ever-evolving network of Design Thinking experts and innovation facilitatory, our work is based on care and mutual trust.



transition by design

Help organizations to develop narratives of their desirable future. In order to convey that vision to others, we design a personal experience making the best thinkable future tangible today.




April 23, 2019

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park, 5th Floor, Maybach,
Lohmühlenstraße 65
Berlin, Berlin 12435 Germany


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