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Systems literacy and model literacy are important elements of climate literacy. This is a starting premise for the organisers of the forthcoming Swedish Climate Assembly – yet it raises many questions and gives few clear answers.  

The climate crisis is multifaceted: it is intertwined with social and ecological crisis. Its causes and impacts reach across borders and policy areas and require a fundamental rethinking of current systems of production and consumption. Both the diagnosis of the challenges and the implementation of effective solutions rely on systems knowledge and interventions. But we encounter both challenges and opportunities in working with systems. Systems tools, especially quantitative models, underpin the evidence base for climate action and yet are also often implicated in climate change denial. Systems approaches may demotivate or polarise just as they may empower or give new insights into complex situations.  

How can organisers of climate assemblies help to facilitate systems thinking amongst members of the assembly? Can systems approaches, including modelling, support learning, deliberation and decision-making towards national sustainability goals?  

The workshop will be led by Tim Daw, Sarah Cornell, both Associate Professors and Principal Researchers, and David Collste, Researcher. All are active at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. They have been wrestling with these challenges as they consider different systems approaches and tools to integrate into the Swedish Climate Assembly that will take place in 2024. In this workshop, they will share their learning so far, introducing the KNOCA community to the challenges and opportunities they are encountering. 

More information on the Medborgarråd om klimatet (in Swedish)