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Having recently switched from my blog ‘System Studies’ to a full-blown personal website I wanted to share what’s been going on lately with the blog and with my own life. In this blog post I will also give a small peak into some of the topics I’ll be writing about in the near future.

I recently began an internship in a Finnish management consultancy called Demos Effect, which helps big, incumbent companies develop new business based on resource efficiency. Demos Effect uses foresight and consumer behavior research combined with co-creation methods to help companies such as Fazer, Unilever and Fortum develop resource smart business models, products and services. As the company combines elements of all of my interests – sustainability, systems thinking, design thinking and business management – I think it’s needless to say that I am very excited about my internship!

Related to my internship, I finally finished my Bachelor’s thesis research work, titled ‘Design Thinking in Strategy Development: Case Kolmas Persoona’. Writing the research work drained a lot of my energy, which is why it’s been a bit quiet with the blog during the past month or so. However, with the research work over I intend to carry on posting regularly about systems thinking, design thinking and sustainability issues.

Aside from beginning my internship and finishing my bachelor’s thesis work, I have been busy finishing my applications to Aalto University. There are two master’s degree programmes that I’m especially interested in Aalto University: the Creative Sustainability programme and the International Design Business Management programme. I hope to be starting my graduate studies in either one next fall. I’m very excited about these two programmes because both combine systems thinking, design thinking, technology and business under one, interdisciplinary programme.

But enough of me. Here are some of the topics I will be posting about in the near future:

  • Resource efficient business. Building on what I’ve learned from Demos Effect, I want to discuss how some inspiring startups have developed business models that build on sustainability and resource efficiency.
  • Stock and flow part 2. This is definitely a topic I’ve been procrastinating on quite a while now. I will jump on this subject as soon as possible as it is an important area of systems thinking.
  • Systems dynamics examples. Building on stock and flow part 1 and 2 I will introduce some basic systems dynamics examples and talk about how you can build systems models.
  • Introduction to Design Thinking. While I have somewhat little hands-on experience about working on design projects, I do know what some of the most prominent scholars of design thinking have written about the subject. Design thinking and systems thinking are very much related concepts and I feel that if you’re interested in either one, you should know about the other as well.
  • Wicked problems. I have briefly touched on this topic in my post ‘Wicked opportunities in sustainability’, but I feel wicked problems is such an important topic that we need to discuss it in a separate post.

If you’re interested in any of the above topics I think you’ll be interested in the others as well. Although I write about the above topics I don’t claim to be an expert in any of them. I am very excited to learn more and I do my best to share what I have learned with you. Please do write on the comments if you disagree with me on any of these subjects or just want to share your own thoughts!

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