Face-to-face learning

Free your thinking

Face-to-face learning with me, Martin Sandbrook

The Covid crisis has shown how complex is the system in which we live, how interdependent and inter-related. There never was a time when becoming more effective in the face of complexity and uncertainty was more urgent. If you want to open yourself to better ways of thinking at this time, I am really keen to connect with you, to welcome you into an inquiry group or onto a Free Your Thinking course (either via Zoom or in person). Please get in touch.

Many of the people who come courses with me experience a real sense of relief as the penny drops and they realise there isn’t a single solution to the problems and challenges they face in their life and at work. We call this an ‘aha experience’, a moment of enlightenment. Once this happens, the world starts to make more sense, possibly for the first time – and exciting things begin to happen.

Free Your Thinking - Two 1.5hour Zoom sessions 

Come and learn how to free yourself from the constraints of current thinking. Not only will your eyes be opened to more effective ways to deal with the messy, complex and uncertain world you live in, you will also gain valuable new approaches to life, work and relationships. You will gain knowledge about dealing with complex systems that will stay with you for years to come.

If you are interested in participating in a Free Your Thinking course, please contact me via the 'Register Interest' button. 

Join an online Inquiry Group (via Zoom) to explore with others: What next? How do I live with purpose, in tune with my values? 

Do you ever find yourself thinking “I wish I could contribute more, but I don’t know where to start?”. It is easy to feel discouraged, unsure where to start.

Are you someone who wants to change – either yourself, or the world itself - but the task seems too big, or your efforts too small to have any measurable impact?

Would you value help to remove the blockages which stop you getting started? Are you willing to try a different approach, to develop actions with which to experiment, learning your way forward through questioning and inquiry?

I invite you to join an inquiry group with three or four others.

We live in a complex world where huge systems are at work. Knowing where to engage and to what effect can be bewildering and overwhelming. On these occasions, it's immensely helpful to work with others who are in a similar position, to constructively help each other to move forward.

Facilitated by me, Martin Sandbrook, we will meet once a month for up to two hours, either online, or in person where possible. Together we will explore and learn from each other how best to move forward, developing experiments on which we can act after the session, ready to report back at the start of the next session.

If you would like to join, or know more, contact me via the Register Interest button.

What you will learn when participating in a Systems Learning course or inquiry group:

Knowledge: You will:

  • Become familiar with how you see the world and the effect this has on how you act.
  • Shift from a ‘thing’ to a ‘relationship’ view of the world.
  • Consider the prevailing way of seeing the world – how we take it to pieces to understand it, how we assume everything can be measured, analysed, diagnosed and fixed.
  • Explore how the world really is – inter-dependent, complex and uncertain.
  • Become familiar with the characteristics of systems, in particular, complex systems.
  • Open your awareness to a different way of seeing and being in the world – free up your creativity to deal effectively with complex problems – what we call ‘Systems Thinking’.

Skills: You will be able to:

  • Make use of this freedom – apply this new awareness in practice to any challenge you face,  personal or professional, working towards a solution, through ‘action experiment’ and other systemic approaches.
  • Think more effectively, to solve problems and deal with complex systems.
  • Inquire and experiment, while being aware of yourself in action.
  • Lead effectively, whether this be yourself or others.


Are Systems Learning courses very technical? No, not at all. It’s all about freeing you to connect with new ways of knowing and dealing with the world, which you may already know about and use.

What happens if I want to deepen my understanding?  Martin offers regular sessions to Reflect on your Thinking,  keeping your learning and new freedom alive. For more information, get in touch.

What sort of people have been on previous courses? Participants on Martin’s courses have come from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds. Unilever, Bristol’s Golden Key Partnership, Aberdeen City, Defra, CGL, Bristol Green Capital, Community Land Trust, Swansea City Sustainability, and many others.

What previous participants say? People who have been on our courses talk about feeling really connected with the world for the first time. Many say some inner knowledge, which they were only dimly aware of, has been brought to the surface and released.

Kathrine Maceratta, Digital Transformation Director – Unilever “Attending Martin’s course on Systems Thinking was an enlightening and even life changing experience. It opened my mind and heart to see the world in a systemic way, which is something I now carry with me in everything I do, from my personal to my professional life. Martin is a skilful teacher, knowledgeable and humble, who, combined with his extensive professional experience, is able to make the course engaging, inspiring and fun at the same time! After the course I invited Martin to do a short version of it during a sustainability workshop I was running at my workplace (Unilever) which was very successful. Martin delivered a great session, tailor-made for senior leaders, helping those professionals to incorporate systems thinking in their workplace. The Free Your Thinking course with Martin Sandbrook is a must for everyone who wants to better understand the complexity of the world we are living in, and at the same time wants to be a positive agent of change in their personal or professional lives.”
Keyu Tan (PhD), Blockchain Product Manager, FNZ Group

“You paved the way for a great expansion in my thinking. The real ah-ha moment for me was when you explained the difference between complicated and complex. I became aware of my own assumptions and beliefs, of other perspectives, and of different ways of knowing – especially intuition, experience and emotion. You also reawakened my spirit of inquiry. For the first time in my life, I really connected with what it means to learn and be open to new information. But the real shift was to see that most of what we deal with is complex and uncertain and needs to be dealt with accordingly. That my view of the world is shaped by my assumptions and beliefs. If I change these, I change my view. This is particularly true of boundaries. Difficult situations often make us feel trapped. Systems thinking frees me from the box I am trapped in. It reminds me that the box only exists in my mind and imagination – it is not physically real".