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Systems Thinking Books (7)

  • Systems Thinking For Social Change

    Systems Thinking For Social Change
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    Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation.

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  • The Fifth Discipline

    The Fifth Discipline
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    Senge's best-selling The Fifth Discipline led Business Week to dub him the "new guru" of the corporate world; here he offers executives a step-by-step guide to building "learning organizations" of their own.

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  • An Introduction to General Systems Thinking

    An Introduction to General Systems Thinking
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    Weinberg distills the essence from von Bertalanffy’s classic and manages to present it in a very accessible fashion. The book has been out of print for quite a while so it is great to see a new edition. The message and information contained in here, although originally published in 1975, is now more relevant than ever.

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  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer

    Thinking in Systems: A Primer

    In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth―the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet― Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.

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  • The Systems View of Life

    The Systems View of Life
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    Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution.

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  • When a Butterfly Sneezes

    When a Butterfly Sneezes
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    A must-have resource for any parent or educator who wants to help children think about interconnections in our world. Each chapter focuses on a favorite children's picture book--and reveals the systems principle inherent in the story, general points for discussion, illustrations of key concepts, and questions to spark conversation for both younger and older readers.

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  • Systems Thinking: Coping with 21st Century Problems

    Systems Thinking: Coping with 21st Century Problems
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    By examining the links and interactions between elements of a system, systems thinking is becoming increasingly relevant when dealing with global challenges, from terrorism to energy to healthcare. Addressing these seemingly intractable systems problems in our society, Systems Thinking: Coping with 21st Century Problems focuses on the inherent opportunities and difficulties of a systems approach. Taking an engineering systems view toward systems thinking, the authors place a high value on the thinking process and the things applied to this process.

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Systems Thinking Research (5)

  • Complexity and Systems Thinking

    Complexity and Systems Thinking

    Systems thinking has evolved over the millennia as people have looked for ways to articulate the features of the world around them in a coherent manner.1 Starting from the definition of a system as an integrated whole made up of interconnected parts, various formalizations of systems thinking in a way that would be of interest to managers have emerged over time as people have looked for ways of rationalizing their interactions with the world. These formalizations give us a set of ontological and epistemological devices that have been used to define what the world is, to explain how it works, and to define and justify interventions that are intended to change, control or constrain the future behaviour of that world.

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  • SYSTEMS ARCHETYPES

    SYSTEMS ARCHETYPES
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    Systems Archetypes I helps you understand the structure and story line of the archetypes–those “common stories” in systems thinking. Each two-page description leads you through an archetype and outlines ways to use the archetype to address your own business issues.

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  • Introduction To Systems Thinking

    Introduction To Systems Thinking
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    System. We hear and use the word all the time. “There’s no sense in trying to buck the system,” we might say. Or, “This job’s getting out of control, I’ve got to establish a system.” Whether you are aware of it or not, you are a member of many systems – a family, a community, a church, a company.

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  • A Definition of Systems Thinking: A Systems Approach

    A Definition of Systems Thinking: A Systems Approach
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    This paper proposes a definition of systems thinking for use in a wide variety of disciplines, with particular emphasis on the development and assessment of systems thinking educational efforts. The definition was derived from a review of the systems thinking literature combined with the application of systems thinking to itself. Many different definitions of systems thinking can be found throughout the systems community, but key components of a singular definition can be distilled from the literature. This researcher considered these components both individually and holistically, then proposed a new definition of systems thinking that integrates these components as a system

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  • What is Systemic Thinking?

    What is Systemic Thinking?

    Systemic Thinking (ST) offers you a powerful new perspective, a specialized language, and a set of tools that you can use to better understand and address stubborn recurring problems in your everyday work and life. ST is a way of understanding reality that emphasizes the relationships between a system’s parts, rather than the parts themselves. Based on a field of study known as systems dynamics, ST has practical every day application that rests on a solid theoretical foundation

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Systems Thinking Courses (1)

  • Systems Thinking and Complexity

    Systems Thinking and Complexity

    Systems thinking provides theory and practical tools for seeking solutions to messy social and organisational problems at local, regional and global levels. A system’s behaviour emerges from interactions between its elements. Systems thinking starts with qualitative diagrams but as the number of elements, relations and feedback loops increases we need the computational approach of complex systems science

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Systems Thinking Videos (11)

  • Introduction to Systems Thinking, Part 1

    Introduction to Systems Thinking, Part 1

    Presentation on systems thinking by Martin Sandbrook of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Introduction to Systems Thinking, Part 2

    Introduction to Systems Thinking, Part 2

    Presentation on systems thinking by Martin Sandbrook of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 3

    Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 3

    Presentation on systems thinking by Martin Sandbrook of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 4

    Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 4

    Presentation on systems thinking by Martin Sandbrook of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 5

    Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 5

    Presentation on systems thinking by Martin Sandbrook of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 6

    Introduction to Systems Thinking Part 6

    Presentation on systems thinking by Martin Sandbrook of the Schumacher Institute

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  • Peter Senge Introduction to Systems Thinking

    Peter Senge Introduction to Systems Thinking

    Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, Senior lecturer at MIT and Founder of the Society for Organizational Learning shares his perspectives on leadership and systems thinking with IBM

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  • Systems Thinking Speech by Dr. Russell Ackoff

    Systems Thinking Speech by Dr. Russell Ackoff

    Dr. Russell Ackoff gives a presentation on systems thinking and the limitations of reductionist thinking

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  • If Russ Ackoff had given a TED Talk

    If Russ Ackoff had given a TED Talk

    This presentation is from a 1994 event hosted by Clare Crawford-Mason and Lloyd Dobyns to capture the Learning and Legacy of Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Russ knew Dr. Deming and speaks here about the difference between "continuous improvement" and "discontinuous improvement" as seen through the lens of systems thinking.

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  • Dr. Russell Ackoff on Systems Thinking - Pt 1

    Dr. Russell Ackoff on Systems Thinking - Pt 1

    Dr. Russell Ackoff gives a presentation on Systems Thinking

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  • Dr. Russell Ackoff on Systems Thinking - Pt 2

    Dr. Russell Ackoff on Systems Thinking - Pt 2

    Part 2 of Dr. Russell Ackoff talking on Systems Thinking

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