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Systems Thinking Learning

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  1. Approaches to Learning Systems Thinking 
    1. Systems Learning – Free your thinking
    2. System Sciences Web of contents
    3. STW/STiA Systems Thinking Certification Wiki-focus
    4. 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. The Systems Thinker 
        1. Case Studies
        2. How-To Guides
        3. Pocket Guides
      3. Waters Center for Systems Thinking
        1. Thinking Tools Studio
        2. Waters Center for Systems Thinking - YouTube
        3. Webinars - Waters Foundation
        4. Habits of a Systems Thinker
      4. 17 Systems Thinking Practices  
      5. Systems Literacy | Classroom Resources | PBS LearningMedia
      6. Systemic Design Toolkit
      7. Symbiosis in Development (SiD) – Integrated Sustainability Development Framework
    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. 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
    7. Systems Thinking World Associated Videos
      1. Wiki Focus 
        1. Systems Thinking Soft System Methodologies
        2. Systems Thinking Theories, Methods and Tools Table (A List of Hard or Dynamic Methodologies)
      2. Diigo Tags:  
      3. New Community Paradigms << System Thinking <<


      Approaches to Learning Systems Thinking 






        • This eTextbook contains the system-scientific contents taught at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research (SIS) at the University of Graz






        • 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 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.





        • The Waters Center for Systems Thinking is an internationally recognized leader in system thinking capacity building. We are dedicated to providing the tools and methods that help people understand, track, and leverage the connections that affect their personal and professional goals.



          • The Thinking Tools Studio is brought to you by the Waters Center for Systems Thinking. We are committed to delivering benefits to users through engaging, innovative and applicable content free of charge and full of learning.

          • Waters Center for Systems Thinking - YouTube


          • 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.





        • 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 




        • A few years ago, the need of tackling increasingly complex projects pushed Namahn and shiftN to collaborate on a Systemic Design toolkit. At the RSD5 symposium in Toronto (2016), the two partners presented the first version of the toolkit and assessed its fit for purpose during the conference workshop. Since then, the original authors have collaborated with Peter Jones (Systemic Design Association) and Alex Ryan (MaRS Discovery District) for continued development of the toolkit towards a mature version, ready for use.




        • SiD has been developed since 2001 as a toolkit to develop long term viable sustainable solutions for business, governments and industry. SiD guides individuals and interdisciplinary groups in incorporating problems beyond material and energy usage, extending to include social, ecological, economic, and political matters. If we ever hope to achieve sustainability, we must optimize for all of these competing areas at the same time – and this is what SiD does.



      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."



      Systems Thinking World Associated Videos



      Wiki Focus 




      Diigo Tags 


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