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SiD Fundamentals for Integrated Sustainability Training

Service > From systemic theory to informed action in three days

The 3-day Symbiosis in Development (SiD) training has been our most popular program from the start. You will learn about the key principles of integrated sustainable development and how to apply the SiD approach in your organizational context.  The 2+1-day training is taught and facilitated in English by experienced senior advisors.

SiD is a complete framework for integrated sustainable development, developed in practice, for practictioners, by practictioners. Frontrunners in the field of systems thinking and sustainability have continuously refined the framework over the past two decades, offering a unique methodology to hit the ground running and deliver extraordinary results whilst contributing to a more sustainable society.

If you'd like to talk about how this program can meet your learning goals, call Freek at  +31 30 307 5734 or training@except.nl.

Location & dates

  • Januari 24-25 & February 1, Utrecht
  • February 28, March 1 & 8, Tel Aviv
  • April 4-5 & 12, Utrecht
  • June 13-14 & 21, Utrecht


  • Increase your confidence in addressing integrated sustainability in your professional context
  • Develop a solid understanding of the basics of systems thinking, sustainability science, and the SiD framework
  • Master a toolbox and practice with concepts that support you in taking your organization to the next level
  • Become part of a global network of sustainability practitioners 
  • Get an official SiD training certificate

For who?

  • Business leaders
  • Project managers 
  • Concept developers
  • Freelance consultants
  • Action Researchers

Focus points

  1. How do I get more insight in the strategic position of my organization?
  2. What are leverage points to perform better on the short and long term, while at the same time function more sustainably?
  3. How do I involve my strategic partners, so that they commit themselves to my activities?
  4. How do I create sufficient intrinsic motivation and support with my employees?
  5. How do I apply new sustainable insights effectively both today and tomorrow?
  6. How do I achieve return on investments in sustainability?


Day 1

9.30 Start training

  • Introduction to systems thinking
  • The development of sustainability awareness throughout history
  • A high-level overview  of the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) theory
  • Group work: hands-on application of  the SiD theory to a fictitious case

17.30 End of training

Day 2

9.30 Start training

  • System dynamics in real life: experimenting with system dynamics
  • Goal setting and planning in complex systems
  • Managing projects in complex settings using the SiD Process
  • Team work: Application of the SiD Process to a fictituous case

17.30 End of training

Day 3 (one week later)

9.30 Start training

  • Recap and diving deeper: the SiD theory
  • Team work: Applying the methodology to a real case
    • Goal setting
    • Developing a systems understanding
    • Roadmapping
    • Presentation & peer review
    • Evaluation & Iteration
  • Guidance moving forward: how to stay on track

17.30 End of training


Participation fee: € 1.245,=

Including intake, training materials, refreshments, lunch, and a certificate of completion, ex VAT. 

To register for the training

Please email Freek van der Pluijm at training@except.nl.



Except Integrated Sustainability

Freek van der Pluijm
Facilitator for Organizational Change

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Phone   +31 10 7370215
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