In a World of Systems


Enjoy “In a World of Systems”, narrated and illustrated by David Macaulay (of "How Things Work") in collaboration with Linda Booth Sweeney and our team at Donella Meadows Institute. The video makes up one third of an online learning module we are designing for young change-makers who want to understand systems and change them. Sit back and meet systems in o

In a World of Systems 2018-04-02T10:21:47+00:00

Reductionism & Synthesis


Reductionism is a process of reasoning used to describe things by breaking them down into their constituent components, analyzing the properties of these components in isolation and then recombining them in order to get a description of the whole system as a set of its individual parts, their properties and the linear relations between them.

Reductionism & Synthesis 2018-03-26T12:42:34+00:00

Sustainable Development & Decoupling


The 20th Century, driven by scientific and technological advances, was a time of remarkable change for human civilization. But it was also a century when the extraction of many natural resources began for the first time in history to follow an essentially exponential growth path.

Sustainable Development & Decoupling 2018-03-26T14:49:16+00:00

Adaptive Thinking


Adaptation is a behavior or response that is contingent on its environment, maybe the best way to understand it is to contrast it with reacting, we might think of reacting as a predefined response to a given stimulus, like an automatic door opening whenever someone approaches it.

Adaptive Thinking 2018-03-26T14:49:31+00:00

The Story Of Technology


Technology has always presented us with many questions about who we are, our place in the world, how technology relates to humanity and where are we going. Human beings and human culture have an inherent need

The Story Of Technology 2018-03-26T14:50:01+00:00

Nonlinear Thinking


A line is often defined as the shorts path from one point to another, linear thinking then describes how we interpret events or act in terms of direct cause and effect means. When we use linear thinking to describe something we create a direct logical connection from one cause to one effect, if A then B

Nonlinear Thinking 2018-03-26T14:50:12+00:00

Network Thinking


Network thinking is about seeing not just things but the nexus of connections that they are embedded within and that give them context, it is seeing the overall fabric that these connections create and how that shapes and creates the space or environment around the thing that we are interested in

Network Thinking 2018-03-26T14:50:39+00:00
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