systems thinking

Talking About Systems

Linda Booth Sweeney ‘s blog Talking About Systems is a terrific resource for helping others to understand and work with living systems. Her website is full of accessible materials to help to communicate complex concepts of systems as well as reading lists and resources. Thinking… Read More »Talking About Systems

Stock and Flow Diagramming

These diagrams are an important way to visualize and understand how a system of different elements is working together. As Donella Meadows wrote in Thinking in Systems,”If you understand the dynamics (behavior over time) of stocks and flows, you understand a good deal about the… Read More »Stock and Flow Diagramming

The Iceberg Model

The iceberg model is a valuable tool to encourage systemic thinking. It helps you contextualize an issue as part of a whole system. By asking you to connect an event–a single incident or occurrence–to patterns of behavior, systems structures, and mental models, the iceberg allows you to see the structures underlying the… Read More »The Iceberg Model