Using systems thinking to untangle the Bay Area’s housing crisis

Renaissance Journalism will host a free, one-day workshop for Bay Area journalists on July 19 on how to incorporate systems thinking into in-depth reporting projects. The workshop will be led by the New School’s Journalism + Design program and held at Oakland’s collaborative workspace StudioToBe.

This is a by-invitation-only event to Bay Area journalists, with participation limited to 20 people.

Early reservations via this link are strongly encouraged by 5pm Friday, July 13.

“We are excited to introduce the Journalism + Design approach as it will offer new tools for journalists involved in Renaissance Journalism’s Bay Area Media Collaborative’s investigation into the region’s housing crisis,” said Jon Funabiki, executive director of Renaissance Journalism.

About Journalism + Design Workshop

The New School’s Journalism + Design (J+D) program has developed a series of workshops and resources to help journalists unpack complex and seemingly intractable problems, such as the housing crisis, through a practice called systems thinking.

The systems thinking approach encourages journalists to look at thorny issues as a complex system full of interconnected forces. It allows them to take a step back and examine the bigger picture, identifying unique opportunities to tell stories that empower their communities and help spark change.

J+D is partnering with Renaissance Journalism and the Bay Area Media Collaborative to offer a systems thinking workshop that will help journalists surface new ideas for reporting on the region’s housing crisis and produce journalism that helps Bay Area residents understand and act on the forces that are shaping the crisis.

“This workshop is part of new initiative from Journalism + Design to give local newsrooms practical tools from the systems thinking toolbelt,” said Cole Goins, engagement lead for systems thinking at Journalism + Design. “We want to help journalists approach some of the most pressing issues in their communities in a structured way that threads into their workflow and offers some new ideas for storytelling and collaboration.”

Read more about the systems thinking approach in this blog post, “How Systems Thinking Can Transform Journalism”

Workshop Details in Brief

WHAT: Journalism + Design Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, July 19
TIME: 9:30am – 5pm

Lunch will be provided.
Happy Hour & Networking follows workshop.

WHERE: StudioToBe, 906 Washington St., Oakland



NOTE: The invitation to this workshop is extended to Bay Area journalists, at this time. Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, participation is limited to 20 attendees. Depending on demand, Renaissance Journalism and Journalism + Design may be able to schedule a second workshop.