Linda Booth Sweeney


"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… We aren't going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality."

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
American civil rights activist (1929-1968)

Systems Quiz

Systems have two or more parts interacting within some boundary. In living systems, the relationship among the parts matters. If essential elements are added or taken away, the behavior of the system changes. Removing the heart from the body changes the way the body works.

What is a system? What’s not a system?

Take a look at the following list. Which of the following would you characterize as “systems”?

A bowl of nuts

A soccer team

A pond

A library

A family

A vacuum cleaner

A kitchen

Systems Quiz Answers

collection or systems?


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Talking with Kids About Exponential Growth During COVID-19



Young people are watching. They’re worrying. From climate change to our current pandemic, adults don’t seem to have the answers. How can we support young people to look to the other side of the hardship and disruption they're experiencing now, to feel confident that they can solve complex problems and innovate their way to healthier futures? Whole-systems learning - experiential opportunities to improve our ability to see, understand and work with interdependent systems -- may be one answer.