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The ladder of inference

This video gives a brief introduction to the concept of the ladder of inference, how through basic assumption and automatic inference our reasoning can lead from empirical facts to the assumptions we may conclude about them. View Paper

What do we mean by “thinking”?

Members of Cabrera Research Lab talk about the basics of thinking and some of the deficits within out convention reasoning process that systems thinking can help to fill View Paper

Systems Thinkers

Systems Thinkers presents a biographical history of the field of systems thinking, by examining the life and work of thirty of its major thinkers. It discusses each thinker’s key contributions, the way this contribution was expressed in practice and the relationship between their life and ideas. View Paper

Peter Senge: “Systems Thinking for a Better World”

Peter Senge’s keynote speech “Systems Thinking for a Better World” at the 30th Anniversary Seminar of the Systems Analysis Laboratory “Being Better in the World of Systems” at Aalto University, 20 November 2014. View Paper

Systems Thinking: 21st c. Problems

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. View Paper

General Systems Theory: Ideas & Application

The world in which classical positivistic science and technology obtained great success has vanished. However, the way of thinking promoted by that epoch still lingers in our social consciousness, sometimes as a burden. To conquer the short-comings of classical analytical science in the modern, ever more complex world, systems theory and its applications within systems science present an alternative to old paradigms. View Paper

Building Maps for Worlds of Systems

“Systemic thinking” is the process of understanding how systems influence one another within a world of systems and has been defined as an approach to problem solving by viewing “problems” as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome, or event. View Paper

An Introduction to General Systems Thinking

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. View Paper

Introduction to Systems Theory

Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many books he developed a highly original form of systems theory that has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines. View Paper

When a Butterfly Sneezes

“When a Butterfly Sneezes” uses stories to help introduce the basics of systems thinking. This book was written for parents and educators as a guide for helping children gain a richer and deeper understanding of the world around them through their favorite stories. This is a much needed book for parents who enjoy reading to their children and for educators, particularly those who work with students in the K-4 classroom where there is a focus on literacy. View Paper

The Systems View of the World

Taking the view that understanding the meaning behind the complex formulas of science is more important than ever, this work attempts to explain the systems view of the world as the paradigm of the latest scientific developments. Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and Chancellor-Designate of the newly formed GlobalShift University. View Paper

The Systems View of Life

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. View Paper
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An Introduction to General Systems Thinking

For more than twenty-five years, An Introduction to General Systems Thinking has been hailed as an innovative introduction to systems theory, with applications in computer science and beyond. Used in university courses and professional seminars all over the world, the text has proven its ability to open minds and sharpen thinking. View Paper

The Systems View of the World

Gathered here are Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s writings on general systems theory, selected and edited to show the evolution of systems theory and to present it applications to problem-solving. An attempt to formulate common laws that apply to virtually every scientific field, this conceptual approach has had a profound impact on such widely diverse disciplines as biology, economics, psychology, and demography. View Paper

The Fifth Discipline

This revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. View Paper

Systems Thinking Basics

Systems Thinking Basics is a self-study, skill-building resource designed to introduce you to the power of systems thinking tools. With an emphasis on behavior over time graphs and causal loop diagrams, this workbook guides you step by step through: Recognizing systems and understanding the importance of systems thinking View Paper

Systems Thinking For Social Change

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. View Paper

Systems Thinking Made Simple

Systems thinking can help us solve everyday and wicked problems, increase our personal effectiveness as human beings, and transform our organizations. This book is for anyone interested in learning the foundational ideas of systems thinking. View Paper

Interview With Russell Ackoff

Interview with Dr. Ackoff a pioneer in Systems and Management Science. Dr. Ackoff talks about the DIKW hierarchy between information and knowledge and new ways to look at and think about problems among other topic of discussion. Producer Phyllis Haynes interviewed him in 2001. View Paper

Rethinking thinking

Every day, we meet people and process our interactions–making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. In this lesson, Trevor Maber introduces us to the idea of a ladder of inference and a process for rethinking the way we interact. View Paper

Systems Thinking Primar

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. View Paper


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. View Paper


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. View Paper