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LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems. Creative Learning Exchange. Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception. Amy Herman visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss her book "Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life". In her seminar, the Art of Perception, Herman has trained experts from many fields how to perceive and communicate better. By showing people how to look closely at images, she helps them hone their “visual intelligence,” a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use properly. She has spent more than a decade teaching doctors to observe patients instead of their charts, helping police officers separate facts from opinions when investigating a crime, and training professionals from the FBI, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, and the military to recognize the most pertinent and useful information.

Her lessons highlight far more than the physical objects you may be missing; they teach you how to recognize the talents, opportunities, and dangers that surround you every day. CRL Cognitive Cases. What is Organizational Learning? - Society for Organizational Learning North America, Inc. CSL4D | Concept and systems learning: meaningful learning for development. Rules of thumb and leverage points | CSL4D. How to link them to the workings of the systems approach? Inter-relationships “So it’s all about inter-relationships?”

Somebody asked me, after I had tried to explain the systems approach. “Well, yes,” I replied, “but it’s also about Kauffman’s rules of thumb and Meadows’ leverage points. And about key stakeholder perspectives, the unavoidability of deception, debating system boundaries, and the collaborative design of a systemic intervention. Whole system rationality In the simplest sense, inter-relationships are the connections between components or agents within a situation. Systemic inquiry The problem with wicked problems is that they cannot be studied by looking at inter-relationships as subsystems, because we need to keep the context ‘as a whole’ in mind.

Possible clues The dialectic produces a large number of possible clues for understanding the problem and its solution. Kauffman’s rules of thumb In 1980, Draper L. So, briefly: Like this: Like Loading... About Sjon van ’t Hof. FSG. Putting Systems Thinking into Practice | FSG. Several leading thinkers such as Brenda Zimmerman, Frances Westley, and Michael Quinn Patton (in Getting to Maybe), David Peter Stroh (in Systems Thinking for Social Change), as well as organizations such as Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Management Assistance Group, and NPC, have written extensively on the subject of systems thinking as it relates to complex social change. Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline There are a variety of resources available from the Society for Organizational Learning, the Academy for Systemic Change, the Donella Meadows Institute, the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, the Waters Foundation, Management Assistance Group and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and others, that outline the core tenets of systems thinking and complexity concepts.

We also recognize that in order to employ the principles stated above, practitioners need concrete tools. The Systems Thinker. Introduction, The 7 principles | Applying resilience thinking. A USEFUL WAY TO UNDERSTAND HAWAII – Hawaii Quality of Life. Systems maps are a credible starting point for a conversation about improving our quality of life. MEASURING AND UNDERSTANDING the quality of life for Hawaii’s people is a complex task, and this complexity often frustrates attempts to improve it.

One way to make this complexity more manageable is to visualize the factors that improve or degrade our quality of life as a web of interconnected factors and behaviors. It’s called a systems map. Influencing a single key factor can have a major effect on an entire system.” Nonprofits, corporations, governments and scholars have used systems maps for decades to understand complex situations and to find ways to improve them. Just as stepping back from an intricate painting changes your understanding of the painting, stepping back from the day-to-day events in Hawaii can help us see obstacles and opportunities in a new light.

Sometimes, a map will help you realize that influencing a single key factor can have a major effect on an entire system. Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change. The first guiding principle of the Center for Ecoliteracy's framework for schooling for sustainability — Smart by Nature® — is "nature is our teacher. " Taking nature as our teacher requires thinking in terms of systems, one of nature's basic patterns. Systems can be incredibly complex, but the concept is quite straightforward. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, for example, defines a "system" as "any collection of things that have some influence on one another. " Individual things — like plants, people, schools, communities, and watersheds — are all systems of interrelated elements.

Living systems have their own dynamics. While the work of the Center has been profoundly affected by the insights of our cofounder, systems theorist Fritjof Capra, as well as by other notable thinkers including Margaret Wheatley, Joanna Macy, and Donella Meadows, we will touch only briefly here on their important theoretical work. Seven Lessons for Leaders So what can you do? Humberto M. Decision Explorer | Gain insight into your critical thinking. Discover how Decision Explorer® can help give you a clear picture of your ideas Decision Explorer® is a proven tool for managing “soft” issues – the qualitative information that surrounds complex or uncertain situations. It allows you to capture in detail thoughts and ideas, to explore them, and gain new understanding and insight. The result is a fresh perspective, and time saved through increased productivity, release of creativity and a better focus. Decision Explorer® has been developed by academics at the universities of Bath and Strathclyde and now by Banxia Software, in conjunction with major organisations.

This innovative tool now has hundreds of major international users. Click to view the PDF brochure now. Decision Explorer® has proven to be a powerful facilitative tool. One feature that sets [Decision Explorer®] apart from competition is its wide range of analytical and investigative tools. … This all makes [Decision Explorer®] a very powerful system.” Ready to buy? The 11 Laws of Systems Thinking – Heart of the Art. Systems Changers - Homepage. The Cornell Policy Review | Special Edition: Systems Thinking. Posted by Cornell Policy Review under Special Edition Systems are ubiquitous. From our devices and networks to our social constructs, we are surrounded by complexity and its accompanying difficulties. For students of policy, these intricacies are familiar, and often accompany what Cornell professors Derek and Laura Cabrera have termed “wicked problems.” The articles in this edition are written by thirteen Fellows of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA).

For seven weeks, they probed the wicked problems most important to them. From tiger management in India to social services in Texas, the following deconstructions of complexity are as diverse as they are profound. With guidance from Dr. and Dr. The edition is prefaced with an introduction to systems thinking by Dr. and Dr. The Cornell Policy Review is proud to present this special edition on systems thinking. -E.R. Learning Systems Thinking at the Graduate Level What Are We Trying To Say? ADDIT Together. A New Curriculum for Business and Management. Our business world is changing rapidly. Complexity dominates and old solutions no longer work. Some refer to this as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Given all these changes, it is remarkable to see that MBAs are offering much the same program content as 20 years ago. We believe that a radical change is needed in the way leaders and managers are educated and trained.

We need a new curriculum for business and management. In order to thrive in our complex reality, we need to acquire a systemic understanding of what organizations are, how they work and how they can interact effectively with their commercial, social and physical environment. What would such a curriculum look like? A Systems View of the World The introductory phase of the program would concentrate on grasping a systems view of the world.

At the Heart of a Systems Approach: Variation and Constraint The work of Dr. The Centrality of Project Management Let’s be clear. New Thinking, New Cognition. Perspectives. How to Make Sense of Any Mess. MetaMap - Cabrera Research Lab. Leading Edge Cognitive Capacities | Tom Christensen. It is the capacity to see and know unhindered by ego, or self-identity, and to do so intentionally that is TransEgoic Cognition. We can think other than thru our construct of self. To think at a junior level, constrained by the consistencies demanded of identity, limits to a lethal degree what we can see and know and dream up about ourselves and our world. We can’t solve the complex problems of our time with ego in the way, and we have an alternative capacity. TransNarrative Cognition. This capacity refers to the kind of knowing we have all at once, and which is not at the time it emerges a linear narrative of information.

For some time, suddenly we “get it”. Descriptive information. Attunement. When TransNarrative Cognition is enacted, there is a sense or feeling that accompanies this whole, all at once, apprehension. NonLocal Self. The lst person, or self perspective is a construct, and not who the person is. Nonlocal self .

Unhindered by any concern for what it means anything pertains to. Julian Stodd's Learning Blog | A place to explore new ideas in Learning. Len Troncale's Lifework | For his students and collaborators in systems science, systems engineering and systems biology. Pathways to New Community Paradigms. An Introduction to System Mapping | FSG. Much has been written recently about the importance of using a system lens, or focusing on system change, to make real progress against some of society’s toughest challenges.

But what does that really mean? The following definition of system change resonated with us, from NPC’s 2015 guide: "Systems change is an intentional process designed to alter the status quo by shifting the function or structure of an identified system with purposeful interventions. It is a journey which can require a radical change in people’s attitudes as well as in the ways people work. Systems change aims to bring about lasting change by altering underlying structures and supporting mechanisms which make the system operate in a particular way. However, to change the system, you need to first understand the system, and mapping is a great way to do that.

As you can imagine, there are a number of different ways you might approach mapping the system to represent system elements and connections. Mental Model Musings. Home - Waters Foundation. Creative Learning Exchange — Finding and Resolving the Root Causes of the Sustainability Problem. Student Creates Innovative Way of Communicating System Dynamics Models. Linda Booth Sweeney. Keynote: Adopting Systems Thinking as a Standard Organizational Approach. The numerous and diverse challenges facing society today have become more complex as people--and our institutions--become increasingly interconnected.

Opportunities are plentiful, but only for those who can navigate the complexity, understand the ecosystems, and effect change across the entire system. This discussion will explore how to frame and approach challenges from a systems perspective; offer ideas on how to transform organizations and make systems thinking the norm; and provide examples of useful practices that demonstrate the value of this approach. Adopting systems thinking as an organizational approach requires breaking down internal and external stovepipes and working across organizations and sectors. In this presentation, James Cook will discuss how to foster enterprisewide, horizontal alignment to begin to move the leaders of any organization to a broader, system-oriented perspective on the challenges they face.

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