The Systems Thinking Playbook in action, 18 years after its first publication
Thinking About Systems
Living systems are everywhere. These systems – elements and processes interacting to form a whole – shape us and surround us. When we look closely, we see living systems on all scales, from the smallest plankton, to our own body, to the planet as a whole. When we understand what constitutes a living system, we also see that our watersheds, families, communities, organizations, and nations are all living systems.
To “think about systems” means we pay attention to interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics as well as to the parts. The field of systems thinking has evolved over the past 50 years as a set of methods and tools that focus on systems – rather than fragments – as the context for defining and solving complex problems, and for fostering more effective learning and design. At its best, the practice of systems thinking helps us to stop operating from crisis to crisis, and to think in a less fragmented, more integrated way. More
New On-Line Resource for Educators and Parents!
Check out these Systems Literacy Resources on Planet SEED
City Farm is Live!
I worked with the folks at WGBH on this interactive urban farm game for middle school students. Players become farmers and learn about sustainable farming while playing. Give it a try!
The Farm System Playkit has arrived!
Check out our new playkit: "Healthy Chickens, Healthy Pastures, Making Connections at Drumlin Farm and Beyond." There's a game and a curriculum guide to help students think deliberately about living systems in a farm setting.
Learning to Connect the Dots
New article in the Solutions Journal
Award-Winning Connected Wisdom book now on KINDLE
Connected Wisdom CD (for ages 4-10) available through Chelsea Green