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  • Systems thinking principles (example based on ‘love’)

    Purpose: To provide an understanding of key systems principles. Description: This five-minute video uses ‘love’ as a universal example to illustrate what it means to think in systems (rather than parts) to better understand complexity. An example is provided of each of the following: Stocks Inflows Outflows Reinforcing feedback loops Balancing feedback loops Nonlinearity Delays […]

    Gabriele Bammer - 03/20/2020 - 10:33

  • Systems thinking archetypes

    Systems archetypes are recurring generic systems structures found in many kinds of organisations, under many circumstances, and at many levels and scales. They are distinctive combinations of reinforcing and balancing processes. These system archetypes teach how to diagnose recurring problems and to design effective interventions. Eight common archetypes are: fixes that fail shifting the burden […]

    Peter Deane - 03/21/2017 - 14:57

  • Systems thinking: an introduction by Russell Ackoff

    These two videos describe the difference between analysis (study of the parts) and synthesis (understanding of the whole). Analysis provides knowledge; synthesis provides understanding. Describes that all systems are parts of larger systems. Also describes that an essential property of a system is that it cannot be divided into independent parts; that its properties derive […]

    Peter Deane - 11/19/2016 - 16:55

  • Systems thinking: Oxfam’s introductory materials

    Purpose: To describe some basic elements of systems thinking and how they affect approaches to complex societal and environmental problems. Description: The report and accompanying video each provide a useful description of systems and show what is required to move to a more systemic approach to a problem when technical solutions focusing on individual parts […]

    Peter Deane - 07/29/2016 - 12:53

  • Systems thinking: four key skills

    This video introduces systems thinking for people with little prior knowledge of the field through four key systems thinking skills: Exploring boundaries – understanding the inclusion, exclusion and marginalisation of stakeholders and the issues that concern them. Appreciating multiple perspectives – how and why stakeholders frame issues in different ways. Understanding relationships – networks of […]

    Peter Deane - 10/08/2014 - 14:07

  • Systems

    Systems is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal on systems theory in practice, including fields such as systems engineering management, systems based project planning in urban settings, health systems, environmental management and complex social systems”. It aims to provide a venue: “that supports a constructive exchange of ideas” and  “for the quick and global dissemination […]

    Peter Deane - 05/12/2021 - 15:28

  • Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change

    The Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change (JABSC) supports and informs the field of ‘awareness-based systems change’, an “action research approach to social transformation.” The field “is a theoretical and practical innovation with significant implications for changing practice and taking a fresh look at what is needed to shift social systems, through a process of co-inquiry […]

    Peter Deane - 03/24/2021 - 17:30

  • System dynamics: qualitative maps

    Purpose: To demonstrate how a qualitative system dynamics map is constructed, along with its value in identifying leverage points, as well as to develop principles for qualitative mapping. Description: This 28 minute video by George Richardson describes his perspective on how a systems thinker and modeler approaches the problem of extensive evil. He builds a […]

    Peter Deane - 11/17/2020 - 15:56

  • UK Systems Society (UKSS)

    The UK Systems Society is the United Kingdom professional society “committed to the development and promotion of ‘systems’ philosophy, theory, practice, models, concepts and methodologies for improving decision making and problem solving for the benefit of organisations and our wider society.” It aims to “increase awareness of systems thinking and to share experiences of practice.” […]

    Peter Deane - 06/11/2020 - 09:39

  • International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies

    The International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies (IJASS) publishes “on all aspects of systemic analysis, from both a practical and an academic viewpoint”. The journal seeks “to apply the insights… gained from systems thinking and a systems view of the world to the most significant issue of the day, namely, to conscious evolution, to the […]

    Peter Deane - 10/24/2018 - 14:28