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:
- Reinforcing feedback loops
- Balancing feedback loops
- Non-existent boundaries
- Unintended consequences
- Policy resistance
- Eroding goals
- Seeking wrong goals.
The following “wisdoms” are suggested as a guide towards systemic solutions:
- Take time to understand the system
- Make your language meaningful and truthful
- Favour quality over quantity
- Acknowledge mistakes, stay a learner
- Go for the good of the whole.
Video (5 minutes): “A systems story” by BEE Environmental Communication was a short introduction to key systems thinking concepts uploaded in July 2014. Online: http://youtu.be/rDxOyJxgJeA.
Related tools on this website:
- Systems thinking: Oxfam’s introductory materials
- Systems thinking: Four key skills
- Systems thinking: An introduction by Russell Ackoff
- System dynamics: An introduction
- Systems thinking archetypes
- Systems and cybernetics encyclopedia
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- Blog posts categorised under ‘systems’
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Related topics on Wikipedia:
There are several relevant entries, with the following as key:
Posted: January 2015
Last modified: March 2020