Our task – and the task of all education – is to understand the present world, the world in which we live and make our choices. 

E.F. Schumacher

We offer an expanding range of courses and other learning opportunities to promote a deeper understanding of systems thinking and its importance to sustainability, equity and convergence. Our aim is to create a growing community of thinkers and doers equipped with the knowledge and skills to take meaningful action for sustainable change.


Covering a range of subject areas in the broad area of applied systems and complexity thinking for sustainability, our courses are complementary in content and approach. They draw upon our wider work at the creative edge of sustainability action, ensuring content is dynamic and up-to-date. As transformative learning experiences, they are designed to foster meaningful change in our ways of understanding and being in the world, and support those taking part to deepen their commitment to meaningful action. They are also an invitation to become part of the broader action learning community that is the Schumacher Institute itself.


Pause for Effect: Three two-day workshops spread over 4 months, this course deeply develops your personal effectiveness to deal with a complex world.

Systems, Sustainability and Me: A one-day course to introduce and explore the relationship of systems and systems thinking to sustainability, your life and your livelihood.

Pale Blue Dot: A community-based course to develop better ways of understanding and talking to each other across different sectors, moving from advocating to inquiring.


Fairness and inclusion are among our core institutional values, and we seek to minimise financial barriers to participation on courses. The Richard St George scholarship fund provides bursaries to those on low incomes who would not otherwise be able to afford to take part. It is also a mechanism for people and groups to raise funds for their own participation.

Learning Consultancy

Linked with our consultancy offering, we can also provide bespoke learning opportunities for client groups and organisations on request. These can draw upon the full range of expertise among our Core Staff, Research Fellows, Learning Fellows and Consultancy Associates, and are designed in collaborative fashion in order to address the specific needs of the client. For further information about this service, please contact Michael Clinton (michael@schumacherinstitute.org.uk), head of our consultancy team.

Learning Resources

Systems Learning Website

A free online resource based on our courses, this is intended both as a general introduction to systems thinking and a key resource to support learning of those taking our courses. Over time, we will be adding new material from our course facilitators and developing the site as a documentation and action learning resource for course participants and Institute members.

Further information

For further information of any other kind, contact Learning Programmes Coordinator Tom Henfrey (tom@schumacherinstitute.org.uk).