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    Born at Cornell University, our research lab does basic and applied research, innovates new tools and technologies, and facilitates public understanding in four areas: Systems Thinking (cognitive complexity), Systems Mapping (visual complexity), Systems Leadership (organizational complexity), and Systems Science (ontological complexity).

    We are committed to facilitating public understanding. We've developed several ways that you can learn systems thinking, mapping, and leadership from the very best research in the field.

    Drs Derek and Laura Cabrera Training

    Training

    We provide keynote talks, short intensive trainings, and certifications in Systems Thinking, Systems Mapping, and Systems Leadership in both live and online formats to organizations and individuals.

    Our publications: Systems Thinking Made Simple and Flock Not Clock

    Books

    We (literally) wrote the book on Systems Thinking, Systems Mapping, and Systems Leadership. We effort mightily to ensure that our books are scientifically sound and publicly accessible.

    STMI, the only personal inventory for systems thinking and metacognition

    Tools

    As an innovation lab, we know that systems thinkers need practical and powerful tactile tools to do their work. We are committed to developing tactile tools for Systems Thinkers and Leaders.

    Free resources, InfoBase, Support

    Resources

    Funded by NSF, USDA, Cornell, and others, we try (to every extent possible) to make as many of our findings freely accessible. We believe knowledge wants to be free. Browse our Blog or InfoBase and get support.

      

    About Our Lab

    Our Lab is fond of the adage, "There's nothing more practical than a good theory." We focus on deep theory and basic research that is also pragmatic and applicable to everyday lives. We look for projects that bridge our scientific research with real-world, practical, everyday experience. We work with excellent teams of excellent people. We don't just think the theories, we innovate and build real stuff that makes lives better and increases human potential and organizational effectiveness.

    About Our Faculty

    Derek Cabrera

    Derek Cabrera, PhD

    An internationally known author and systems scientist, Derek serves on the faculty of Cornell University and the Board of Advisors DSE at the US Military Academy at West Point... 

    Laura Cabrera

    Laura Cabrera, PhD

    An expert in research methods and systems thinking, Laura serves on the faculty of Cornell University where she teaches systems thinking, mapping, and leadership... 

      

    The Impact of Our Research is Global and Diverse

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