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Systems Thinking Approaches

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    1. Home | Systems Changes
  1.  Systems Thinking Online Training, Books, and Methods
    1. STW/STiA Systems Thinking Certification 
    2. Beyond Connecting the Dots (Now free and downloadable Mac and Windows)
      1. Creative Learning Exchange —
        1. Introduction to System Dynamics Packet
        2. CLE Curriculum: Simulations 
        3. CLE Videos 
        4. Making Thinking Visible: Causal Loops (Getting Started)
        5. System Dynamics Apps 
      2. Perspectives (Kumu Project)  replaces the now defunct SystemsWiki 
      3. The Systems Thinker 
        1. Case Studies
        2. How-To Guides
        3. Pocket Guides
    3. Systems Thinking Learning
      1. Waters Foundation
        1. What Is Systems Thinking? - Waters Foundation Systems Thinking in Schools
        1. WebEd Learning Systems Thinking Welcome Page Waters Foundation (Requires Flash)
        2. Recorded Webinars - Waters Foundation
        3. Habits of a Systems Thinker
        4. 17 Systems Thinking Practices  
        5. System Thinking Rubric pdf
    4. PBS LearningMedia
      1. Systems Literacy | Classroom Resources | PBS LearningMedia
    5. Other System Thinking Learning
      1. Systems Thinking for Kids: The Kitchen Sink
      2. Principles of Systems Thinking - SEBoK
      3. Welcome to SoL, the Global Learning Community - SoL - Society for Organizational Learning
      4. Draw How To Make Toast - a Wicked Problem Solving™ Tool
      5. Systems Maps  
      6. Problems in Causal Loop Diagrams Revisited (pdf)  
    6. Systems Thinking Featured Articles & Documents
      1. John Gall's SY S T E M A N T I C S or some pitfalls of systems thinking via Bart Stewart's now seemingly defunct                                                        DraftyManor.com  
        1. I. General System Behavior and Morphology
        2. II. Systems and Information
        3. III. System Design Guidelines: Number
        4. IV. System Design Guidelines: Size
        5. V. System Design Guidelines: Longevity
      2. Why have we lost control and how can we regain it? : RSA blogs
    7. Systems Thinking World Associated Videos
      1. *  - Nit & Wit Systems Thinking conversation  *  - Systems Thinking    
    8. Wiki Focus 
      1. Systems Thinking Soft System Methodologies
      2. Systems Thinking Theories, Methods and Tools Table (A List of Hard or Dynamic Methodologies)
    9. Diigo Tags: 
    10. FrontPage for New Community Paradigms <<< System Thinking 





      • Systems Changes is a collaborative open research program, initiated from Toronto, Canada. A call for participation was launched in January 2019 at the monthly Systems Thinking Ontario meeting. The web site was will evolve as contributions and knowledge are added.


     Systems Thinking Online Training, Books, and Methods








      • Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling. Rather than being constrained by the printed page, it runs digitally on your computer or your tablet. Because of this, it can provide you an exciting experience that goes beyond the printed word. The models in the book are truly interactive and you can directly experiment with them within the book as you read about them. Beyond Connecting the Dots is more than a book; it is a truly interactive learning environment that lets you play with ideas rather than just read them.






      • The Creative Learning Exchange was founded as a non-profit in 1991 to encourage the development of systems citizens who use systems thinking and system dynamics to meet the interconnected challenges that face them at personal, community, and global levels.

      • Diigo Tagscomplexitycomplex adaptive systemssystems thinkingsystems design 






      • The Perspectives Project surfaces noteworthy stories about relationships and their implications, to provoke thought, foster deeper understanding, create insights, and enable more effective action.    




      • The Systems Thinker has been published by Pegasus Communications since the early 1980’s.

      • With the launch of thesystemsthinker.com, we hope to drive much broader adoption of this insightful material. Our intention is for the site to be an archive of already published material. At this time, we’re not planning on publishing new material.




    Systems Thinking Learning


    Waters Foundation



      • The Waters Foundation was founded in 1957 by Jim Waters, a successful engineer, founder of Waters Corporation, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the application of system dynamics and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. Since 1989, Jim and his wife Faith have worked through the Waters Foundation to fulfill their goal of providing this invaluable information directly to educators working with PK-12 students throughout the world.

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      • To provide instruction on key concepts and tools of systems thinking. While utilizing the WebEd site, participants will: develop skills and knowledge in the use of systems thinking concepts and tools.experience and practice interactive, inquiry-based instructional and school improvement strategies.use systems thinking tools to analyze issues and identify high leverage interventions.investigate possible applications relevant to their work.

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      • View recordings of previous webinars by clicking below. Note that a webinar may also have materials for participants to use during the session. Links for webinars and materials links open as new browser windows/tabs.




      • The Habits of a Systems Thinker describe ways of thinking about how systems work and how actions were taken can impact results seen over time.  They encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage questioning.  Though “habit” is defined as a usual way of doing things, the Habits of a Systems Thinker do not suggest that systems thinkers are limited by routine ways of thinking.  Rather, the Habits encourage flexible thinking and appreciation of new, emerging insights and multiple perspectives.





    PBS LearningMedia



      • Science standards now feature Systems and System Models as a crosscutting concept. This collection will show you how students at all grade levels can better understand the systems in their environment and how you can use systems literacy tools to work with your students in science and in other domains.

      •  Resources 



    Other System Thinking Learning



      • "I pulled together a list of my”systems thinking for kids” work (articles, blogs, interviews, games, teachers guides, etc.) for a possible funder. I thought you all might enjoy browsing through the curated  list:"  



      • This topic forms part of the Systems Thinking knowledge area (KA). It identifies systems principles as part of the basic ideas of systems thinking. Some additional concepts more directly associated with engineered systems are described, and a summary of system principles associated with the concepts already defined is provided. A number of additional “laws” and heuristics are also discussed.




      • The purpose of SoL is to discover, integrate and implement theories and practices for the interdependent development of people and their institutions.




      • DrawToast workshops are a great way to get groups to think freshly about mental models. In just 3 minutes, each person sketches a diagram of how to make toast. When comparing diagrams, people are shocked at how diverse the diagrams are, revealing a wide range of models of what's important in making toast. It's a great launch pad for drawing out what's really important to the group. 





    Systems Thinking Featured Articles & Documents


    • John Gall's SY S T E M A N T I C S or some pitfalls of systems thinking via Bart Stewart's now seemingly defunct                                                        DraftyManor.com  



    I. General System Behavior and Morphology

    II. Systems and Information

    III. System Design Guidelines: Number

    IV. System Design Guidelines: Size

    V. System Design Guidelines: Longevity




      • If you are a systems thinker, you might sometimes feel you are going a little crazy. We still live in a command-and-control world for the most part and our assumptions haven't caught up to the realities of the world. If you have begun to act and talk like a systems thinker, you may be treated a little like the court jester. Actually, I'd say it was closer to the boy who declared the emperor wasn't wearing any clothes. Nonetheless, this is what it's like being a systems thinker. You see and say things that others think are a little crazy. Alternatively, people hear your words, but you realise after a while that they are processing them with an analytical mindset and so misunderstand the whole thrust of thinking systemically. We are all prisoners of our own flat-earthisms, after all. So you are either sidelined because your ideas seem a little far-fetched ("If there is no hierarchy, how do you control people????") or what they think they understand is not what you intended.




      • "In 1973, social scientists Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber defined wicked problems as those incomprehensibly complex and messy issues we have trouble defining, let alone attempting to solve. Climate change has proven one of the most wicked, as have healthcare, corruption, and the prison system. Such problems are inherently systemic, with unavoidable social complications that require flexibility and patience."




      • The problem is that we use these powers in historically/culturally path-dependent ways so the tensions become more acute. The rationalism of the nation-state as a system hierarchy is good when talking to other states (treaty writing as per Kyoto or the Treaty of Rome), or when universal rules are needed (eg tax collection) but bad at the particular (eg helping troubled families). Passion-populism is critical for mobilisation but can also be corrosive as it fails to offer any real solutions (see UKIP et al). Creative-civic power is good at adapting resources, institutions, and policies to particular needs or ambitions but it is bad for universal welfare and justice. It can also be just as failure prone as passion politics and hierarchy (it’s hard and complex to confront particular, local and personal challenges).



    Systems Thinking World Associated Videos


    *  - Nit & Wit Systems Thinking conversation  
    *  - Systems Thinking    


    Wiki Focus 





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