Join TJCOG at this day-long conference bringing together key stakeholders from across the region to rethink how to approach four critical challenges -regional transportation, affordable housing, community resilience, and economic mobility - in a new and holistic way. Attendees will partake in a systems thinking workshop led by Michael Goodman, an internationally recognized speaker, author, and practitioner in the fields of systems thinking, organizational learning, and social change, followed by panel discussions and case studies of innovative solutions to the four challenges. 

Event Sponsors


Affordable Housing Track

Community Resilience Track

Regional Transportation Track



Chatham Economic Development Corporation

Independent Benefit Advisors

Gilbane Building Company

Preston Development


Community Partners

Research Triangle CleanTech Cluster

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)


NC Economic Development Administration





The morning workshop will teach attendees the methodology of systems thinking and how to use it as a tool to create meaningful change, and, through small group work, identify the interconnected systems/factors affecting the biggest challenges in the region by analyzing the following questions:

  • Why, despite the region's best efforts, do we struggle to move from planning to implementation of widescale transportation efforts?
  • Why, despite it being a significant priority for the region, has preserving and improving affordable housing options been so difficult?
  • Why despite knowledge of increasing natural disasters and related damage, do communities struggle to build and rebuild with a resilience framework in mind?
  • Why, despite significant economic growth, is economic mobility limited in the region?

About the Keynote Speaker

Mr. Goodman is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and practitioner in the fields of Systems Thinking, Organizational Learning and Change, and Leadership. Mr. Goodman's main focus is transferring these learning disciplines into organizations to sustain their capacity for learning and change. He draws on 35+ years of experience leading courses and trainings to help apply systems approaches, and has published widely, authoring one of the first Systems Thinking textbooks and contributing to the Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge and Systems Thinking for Social Change by David Stroh. Mr. Goodman has designed and led leadership development programs for clients around the globe including the World Bank Group, IMF, Asia Development Bank, ReThink Health, and the New Zealand Leadership Development Center. 

Prepare for the Event

Check out these resources on systems thinking and innovative solutions in advance of the summit to help you start rethinking your thinking!

TJCOG Rethinking Our Thinking Blog Series

Introduction to Systems Thinking 

Event Contact

Alana Keegan
Triangle J Council of Governments