Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking is a different way of thinking and seeing things that other don’t see. It transcends disciplines and cultures and represent the best mental model to understand the world.

A system is more than the sum of its parts and its structure is the source of system behavior which is often determined by its function or purpose. There are no separate systems. The world is a continuum. Where to draw a boundary around a system depends on the purpose of the discussion.

Observe stocks and flows and reveal the behavior of a system over time. System behavior is a set of feedback loops. The strict interaction between components through feedback loops define the system behavior and reveal the purpose or the function of a system

Learn to recognize patterns in order to leverage on the possible change you can promote or facilitate into a system. Forget about control: dance with systems.

Systems Thinking is the ability to understand and deal with complex systems while searching for solutions to real problems.

Systems thinking is a critical tool in addressing the global challenges we face around the world: environment, politics, society, and economy. Through Systems Thinking tools, methods and approaches we can act for a positive change for the many.

Educational resources

Related books

Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows, Book Summary
A pillar in the field. Why Systems Thinking is the more efficient and effective way to think. Definition of a system: components, relevant behaviors, archetypes, mindset, and models. How to face the most diffuse systems traps and, of great elegance and power: how to intervene in a system.

Reference and quotes

“A different way of thinking and seeing.”
—Donella Meadows

“A way to see things that other don’t see.”
—Donella Meadows