Become a systemic changemaker
We created Except Academy for your sustainability literacy and leadership capacity – what you need to help build a sustainable society.
Our courses teach you the power of systemic, integrated sustainability. You learn practical improvement methods that combine short-term advantages with long-term societal transition. Together we build a society that is sustainable in an environmental, social, physical, and economic sense.
We offer open registration courses for individuals, from half-day introduction sessions to deep learning programs for more advanced subjects. We also offer custom in-company and event training, as well as train-the-trainer programs.
Symbiosis in Development (SiD)
We teach systemic sustainability, system design and use our unique Symbiosis in Development (SiD) framework to do this.
SiD provides practical and theoretical components to help you understand subjects such as the circular economy,
resilience design, systems thinking, and complexity thinking.
Watch the introduction video to understand the power of Symbiosis in development and how we change complex understanding definitively
After 10 years of work, the first complete book on Symbiosis in Development (SiD) was launched: the Omnibus.
It is the first A to Z handbook for systemic sustainable development, capturing the experience of over 700 projects worldwide. It covers all aspects of the sustainable development process, from theory to practice, supported by dozens of examples and use cases, and over 100 unique hand-made illustrations and diagrams.
read more on ThinkSiD.org Website
What People Say
How early adaptors in systemic sustainability experienced SiD and the Except Academy
Willem van der Ven
“Except filled my mind with ideas and manages to create a cohesive concept based on input from so many different inputs. Collaboration with Except pays off.”
“ Except creates magic with a flexible and complementary team of experts in different fields. ”
“SiD is the best method embracing the complexity in (system-) design for sustainability I ever experienced.”
Paul van de Sande
“ Except is years ahead of other organizations… they are one of the pioneers in this area. Their capability in concept development, visualizing complex subjects, and vision is outstanding. ”
“ SiD offers you a workable, holistic view on sustainability ”