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SiD In-Company Training

Service > From systemic theory to informed action in three days

The 3-day Symbiosis in Development (SiD) training is our most popular program for in-company training. The program introduces teams of 6-8  to 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 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. Using SiD gives the team deep insight into how your organization affects society, where intervention points lie, how to minimize negative and maximize positive impact, and how to build an actionable roadmap towards tangible results. 

If you'd like to talk about how this program can meet your learning goals, call Freek at  +31 30 307 57 34 or email    training@except.nl.


  • Increase your team's confidence in addressing integrated sustainability in your professional context.
  • Build team collaboration, insight and dynamics in an intense, inspiring context.
  • Boost the dynamics of your team by developing a shared language for driving change.
  • 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.
  • Get an official SiD training certificate.

For who?

  • Business leaders
  • Sustainability teams
  • Strategy teams
  • Policy teams
  • Concept & Design teams

Focus points

  1. How do I get more insight in the strategic position of my organization?
  2. What are leverage points for my organization to perform better on the short and long term, while at the same time become more sustainable?
  3. How do I build a roadmap, set targets and KPI's, and meet deadlines using SiD?
  4. What sustainability approaches are out there affecting our field, which ones are important, and which ones just a hype?
  5. How do I realize a significant positive impact on society with my organization, while gaining profit, market share, and customer and employee retention?


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

More information

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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