What can systems thinking offer us on the path to the world we want?

What can systems thinking offer us on the path to the world we want?

What can systems thinking offer us on the path to the world we want?

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The HSG APAC team is co-sponsoring a PMAC 2022 side meeting on Systems Thinking is entitled, “What can systems thinking offer us on the path to the world we want?”

Led by The George Institute, and co-organized with the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand and The Systems Thinking Accelerator (SYSTAC), under the aegis of the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the side meeting is intended to connect health systems thinkers across the globe.

In the pandemic context, as well as in the context of the climate crisis, there is a growing need to act on upstream determinants, acknowledging interdependencies and dynamism inherent in reform processes. However, engagement with the idea of systems thinking has been confined to contexts, mostly led by the Global North and a lack of engagement with processes, ideas, and movements of the Global South. This meeting will set up a series of conversations and explorations on the meaning of systems thinking, and the practical entry points it offers based on country experiences, for improving health and well-being across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) across the region and the world.


  1. To showcase applications of systems thinking in and beyond our region that has implications/lessons for health policymaking
  2. To explore concepts outside of the Global North that link up to systems thinking




In the field of global health, the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) has for many years distinguished itself in terms of its convening power, thematic relevance, and policy engagement thrust. For health policy and systems researchers, practitioners and decision-makers, this meeting offers a unique opportunity to understand and locate themselves in global debates, regional perspectives, and to move beyond research in the health space.  The 2022 PMAC theme – “The World We Want: Actions Towards a Sustainable, Fairer and Healthier Society”, aims to take a long view by focusing on the ‘mega trends’ that will shape the rest of this century and the complex interplay between them, including how they are already reshaping our global health landscape. PMAC 2022 will consider how the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the geopolitics of global health, implications of key shifts in the makeup of the world’s population, the opportunity gains, and threats of exponential technological change, and that most urgent of ticking clocks the imminent and evolving threats to global health and wellbeing posed by climate change.