​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Systemic Design Community of Practice (SDCoP)

Alberta CoLab was disbanded in March 2020. This page exists as a historical record.

The Alberta CoLab Systemic Design Community of Practice was disbanded in March 2020. 

A new Systemic Design Community of Practice was started in summer 2020 by a cross-ministry team of dedicated practitioners - reach out to them at systemic-design@gov.ab.ca​.

The purpose of the Systemic Design Community of Practice (SDCoP) is to nurture and grow the community of systemic design practitioners in the Government of Alberta.

In particular, SDCoP aims to create a safe space where GoA practitioners can collaborate, share knowledge, and strengthen the practical application of systemic design for policy and service delivery.

Together, we explore systemic design theory, tools, and mindsets – all with a public sector lens. Topics we have recently explored include motivation in the public sector, empathy and complex messes, and design facilitation.

The primary audience for the SDCoP is GoA staffers with a foundational understanding of systemic design who are working to incorporate and implement systemic design practices and principles into their work. Most SDCoP members have taken CoLab’s Systemic Design Training Intensive. All GoA staff are welcome to attend.​ If you aren't sure if a given session is for you, read the session descriptions for the targeted audience - it varies by topic and level of experience. 

While many SDCoP sessions are led by the CoLab team or their​ guests, there are also opportunities for SDCoP members to lead sessions via ELEVATE Workshops.

SDCoP typically meets for 2-3 hours in the afternoon every 1-2 months in the CoLab studio for in-person workshops.

Virtual CoPs typically take place online between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


RSVP is required. Registgration information is posted on this page as it becomes available and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you become unable to attend, please be considerate and release your spot to make room for someone else. We do not maintain waitlists, so please check back regularly as spaces do open up.

​Past Sessions

Click here to visit the archive of resources from past sessions.​​