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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".

Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception

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.

Concept and systems learning: meaningful learning for development. Rules of thumb and leverage points. How to link them to the workings of the systems approach?

Rules of thumb and leverage points

Inter-relationships “So it’s all about inter-relationships?” Somebody asked me, after I had tried to explain the systems approach. FSG. Putting Systems Thinking into Practice. 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.

Putting Systems Thinking into Practice

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. 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.” 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.

Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change

" 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. 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.

Gain insight into your critical thinking

The 11 Laws of Systems Thinking – Heart of the Art. Systems Changers - Homepage. Special Edition: Systems Thinking. Posted by Cornell Policy Review under Special Edition Systems are ubiquitous.

Special Edition: Systems Thinking

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. 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. ADDIT Together. A New Curriculum for Business and Management. Our business world is changing rapidly.

A New Curriculum for Business and Management

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. Perspectives. How to Make Sense of Any Mess. MetaMap - Cabrera Research Lab. Leading Edge Cognitive Capacities. It is the capacity to see and know unhindered by ego, or self-identity, and to do so intentionally that is TransEgoic Cognition.

Leading Edge Cognitive Capacities

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. A place to explore new ideas in Learning. For his students and collaborators in systems science, systems engineering and systems biology. Pathways to New Community Paradigms.

An Introduction to System Mapping. 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.

An Introduction to System Mapping

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. 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.