The International Systems Institute (ISI) is a non-profit, public benefit, scientific and educational agency. Organized as a community of scholars and practitioners and a network of institutions, ISI aims to apply systems and design thinking to create models and methods for the design of educational and other human activity systems and to design and develop resources for systems and design learning.

Purpose

The purpose of the Institute is to serve the advancement of human condition and human betterment by the ethical application of the systems and design sciences to:

  • Developing models and methods for the design and management of educational, human, and social-service systems
  • Designing and developing of resources and programs for systems and design learning
  • Building of design cultures in a society.
  • Creating a viable and vibrant community of systems and design scholars and educational, human development and social service practitioners
  • Nurturing professional development in the systems and design sciences

Objectives

The objectives of ISI include the following:

  • To foster individual and collective research in the application of the systems and design sciences.
  • To design and develop models, approaches and methods applicable to the analysis, design, development and management of educational and other human activity systems.
  • To design and develop resources and programs for systems and design learning.
  • To organize and support conferences that provide opportunities for professional development in systems and design applications.
  • To develop knowledge bases in support of the objectives above.
  • To develop and publish learning resources, conference proceedings and monographs that are relevant to the work of the institute.
  • To provide resources and assistance to communities engaged in the design of their systems of learning and human development.

Organizational Status

Resources to support the administrative, communication and program work of ISI come from annual contributions of Institute Fellows and Network Institutions as well as from public and philanthropic sources.

ISI is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Contributions are welcome and they are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under law.