We continually build our catalog of resources to inspire and support you on your journey to apply the latest innovations in adaptive leadership. On this screen, view the most up to date Pontifex Consulting (and partners) videos. On other screens you can explore our interactive online simulations and learning labs, or download our practical resources to illuminate concept. We will continue to add resources to provide you with up to date, concrete tips / techniques for building your adaptive learning skills.

Finding Leverage: The Power of systems THINKING

In this first video in the Adaptive Learning series, Chris Soderquist presents the basics of systems THINKING in the service of understanding the complexity of rising healthcare costs. Screenshot_1_29_15__8_52_PM

“systems THINKING can forever change the way you see the world, understand the world, and change the world.”


CDC Series Video 1: The Systems Thinking Mindset

This video is the introductory video in a three part training series developed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC uses this series to develop a cadre of systems thinking practitioners within the CDC to support their mission of improving public health. The_Value_of_Systems_Thinking__10_09____CDC-TV___CDC Videos in the CDC Simulation Series

    1. The Systems Thinking Mindset
    2. Visual Tools to Improve Systemic Analysis
    3. Systems Mapping: The Basics


3 Core Competencies for Community Engagement

Chris Soderquist of Pontifex Consulting recently presented a webinar for Tamarack Institute on the three enabling competencies of adaptive learning: Systems THINKING, Conversational Capacity, and Yes to the Mess (Improvisational Mindset). The webinar is an excellent overview of how the adaptive learning skill set is an essential, and often overlooked, need to achieve results in change efforts. Although the webinar focuses on Collective Impact, the skills are applicable to any change process. The landing page for this webinar includes the full text and downloadable PDF of our paper: Adaptive Learning – A Pivotal Competence for Collective Impact. 2016-11-15_tamarack_webinar_printed__page_1_of_8_


The Bay Game

Pontifex Consulting and the University of Virginia have developed an online multiplayer game to help build understanding of the complex dynamics occurring in today’s ecosystems. Players assume roles within the Chesapeake Bay (e.g. fishermen, developers, farmers, local government, and  state regulators) and use a system dynamics model to simulate the impacts of their decisions and actions. While trying to optimize individual player well-being, they put the entire watershed at risk. Watch UVa’s Professor Mark White describe the game and its lifelong impact on students.

“There are several [ ] important takeaways. The notion of tradeoffs. The need to understand the system: like cause and effect relationships, feedback loops, leverage points, etc… And, finally, the value of thoughtful communication.”


The Legislative Health Policy Certificate Program

Pontifex Consulting’s Chris Soderquist, along with partners Craig Weber and the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC),  describe their unique approach to building the political leaders of the future. Watch the video to learn more about the GHPC Legislative Health Policy Certificate Program.

“We’ve been helping them [legislators] build their abilities, tools, and techniques for analyzing information and coming up with insights that will help them be more effective.”


Accelerating Learning through Simulation

This video describes why system dynamics simulation is an effective and often necessary activity to build the understanding needed to address adaptive challenges.  Pontifex Consulting worked with our partners at the Georgia Health Policy Center and the National MCH Workforce Development Center. As usual, it was produced by the talented Banyan Communications.