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  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release : 03 December 2008
  • ISBN : 1603581480
  • Page : 240 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 15 voters

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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. Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

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Thinking in Systems

Thinking in Systems
  • Author : Donella Meadows
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008-12-03
  • ISBN : 1603581480
GET THIS BOOKThinking in Systems

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

Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking
  • Author : Jamshid Gharajedaghi
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2011-08-09
  • ISBN : 0123859166
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Systems Thinking, Third Edition combines systems theory and interactive design to provide an operational methodology for defining problems and designing solutions in an environment increasingly characterized by chaos and complexity. This new edition has been updated to include all new chapters on self-organizing systems as well as holistic, operational, and design thinking. The book covers recent crises in financial systems and job markets, the housing bubble, and environment, assessing their impact on systems thinking. A companion website is available at

Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking
  • Author : Cliff Whitcomb,Heidi Davidz
  • Publisher : MDPI
  • Release Date : 2021-01-20
  • ISBN : 9783039367962
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This Systems Thinking Special Issue contains 12 papers on the nature of systems thinking as it applies to systems engineering, systems science, system dynamics, and related fields. Systems thinking can be broadly considered the activity of thinking applied in a systems context, forming a basis for fundamental approaches to several systems disciplines, including systems engineering, systems science, and system dynamics. Although these are somewhat distinct fields, they are bound by common approaches in regard to systems. Whereas systems engineering seeks to

Systems Thinking For Social Change

Systems Thinking For Social Change
  • Author : David Peter Stroh
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-09-24
  • ISBN : 9781603585811
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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. How do these

Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking
  • Author : John Boardman,Brian Sauser
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2008-01-17
  • ISBN : 1420054929
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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.

Systemic Thinking

Systemic Thinking
  • Author : Patrick T. Hester,Kevin MacG. Adams
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2014-07-11
  • ISBN : 9783319076294
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Whether you’re an academic or a practitioner, a sociologist, a manager, or an engineer, one can benefit from learning to think systemically. Problems (and messes) are everywhere and they’re getting more complicated every day. How we think about these problems determines whether or not we’ll be successful in understanding and addressing them. This book presents a novel way to think about problems (and messes) necessary to attack these always-present concerns. The approach draws from disciplines as diverse

Thinking Through Systems Thinking

Thinking Through Systems Thinking
  • Author : Ion Georgiou
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • ISBN : 9781136016387
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Systemicity is receiving wider attention thanks to its evident paradox. On the one hand, it occurs as a problem with complex symptoms. On the other, it is sought after as an approach for dealing with the non-linear reality of the world. At once problem and prize, systemicity continues to confound. This book details the mechanics of this paradox as they arise from human epistemological engagement with the world. Guided by an original analysis of the fundamental idea of emergent property,

An Introduction to General Systems Thinking

An Introduction to General Systems Thinking
  • Author : Gerald M. Weinberg
  • Publisher : Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2001
  • ISBN : 0932633498
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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.Originally published in 1975 and reprinted more than twenty times over a quarter century-and now available for the first time from Dorset House Publishing-the text uses clear writing and basic

Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking
  • Author : Michael C. Jackson
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2017-07-05
  • ISBN : 1548587923
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This updated and expanded second edition of Book provides a user-friendly introduction to the subject, Taking a clear structural framework, it guides the reader through the subject's core elements. A flowing writing style combines with the use of illustrations and diagrams throughout the text to ensure the reader understands even the most complex of concepts. This succinct and enlightening overview is a required reading for all those interested in the subject . We hope you find this book useful in shaping

The Systems Thinking Playbook

The Systems Thinking Playbook
  • Author : Linda Booth Sweeney,Dennis Meadows
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010
  • ISBN : 9781603582582
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DVD contains videos illustrating good practice in introducing and running 30 games.

The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking

The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking
  • Author : Ray Ison,Ed Straw
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-03-05
  • ISBN : 9781351026888
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The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking: Governance in a Climate Emergency is a persuasive, lively book that shows how systems thinking can be harnessed to effect profound, complex change. In the age of the Anthropocene, the need for new ways of thinking and acting has become urgent. But patterns of obstacles are apparent in any action, be they corporate interests, lobbyists, or outdated political and government systems. Ison and Straw show how and why failure in governance is at the

Systems Thinking in Practice

Systems Thinking in Practice
  • Author : Neville A. Dr. Stanton,Paul Dr. Salmon,Guy H. Dr. Walker
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09-03
  • ISBN : 9781351598842
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This book presents the latest developments of Systems Thinking in Practice to the analysis and design of complex sociotechnical systems. The Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork (EAST) method is applied to micro, meso and macro systems. Written by experts in the field, this text covers a diverse range of domains, including: automation, aviation, energy grid distribution, military command and control, road and rail transportation, sports, and urban planning. Extensions to the EAST method are presented along with future directions for

Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World

Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World
  • Author : Anthony Hodgson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-11-22
  • ISBN : 9780429942266
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Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World will help practitioners in any field of change engage more effectively in transformative innovation. Such innovation addresses the paradigm shift needed to meet the diverse unfolding global challenges facing us today, often summed up as the Anthropocene. Fragmentation of local and global societies is escalating, and this is aggravating vicious cycles. To heal the rifts, we need to reintroduce the human element into our understandings – whether the context is civic or scientific – and strengthen

Systems Thinking for School Leaders

Systems Thinking for School Leaders
  • Author : Haim Shaked,Chen Schechter
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-03-02
  • ISBN : 9783319535715
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This book presents a new approach to school leadership – Holistic School Leadership, whereby school leaders lead schools through systems-thinking concepts and procedures. Facing growing complexity, change and diversity, school leaders need to regularly apply the systems view and perform at the systems level. This book proposes a holistic approach, providing school leaders with systemic principles of action for excellence in education. “What a wonderful book – once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. The book masterfully makes a

Systems Thinking for Global Health

Systems Thinking for Global Health
  • Author : édérique Vallières,Hasheem Mannan,Naonori Kodate,Fiona Larkan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-10-20
  • ISBN : 9780198799498
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How can systems-thinking contribute to solving key challenges in Global Health? Global Health is an evolving field operating within a complex interaction of political, environmental, economic, and socio-cultural factors. Any work on the subject needs to reflect current developments and be supported by a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that retains a focus on the underpinning determinants of health. This book reflects the importance of applying a systems-thinking approach to Global Health challenges: one that examines both the individual elements within the