Linda Booth Sweeney


“One can indeed imagine kindergarten games designed to make children more actively alert to how things affect or are connected with each other – a kind of introduction to the idea of multiple determination of events in the physical and social world.”

Jerome Bruner
the process of education (1960)

Learning About Systems:

Everyday Artifacts

How does they way we receive information – through textbooks and posters, educational websites, games, newspapers and news programs, organizational charts at work, even museum displays – influence our ability to see and understand systems? Frequently, interconnections and dynamics are not made explicit, or worse, they’re misrepresented. My ongoing work is to re-imagine these everyday artifacts to better reflect the principles of living systems.


Everyday Artifacts That Reflect Systems Qualities, or Not. If you visit the Boston Commons, you’ll see this sign. Walk through the causal connections and you’ll also see it falls apart between public health and non-migration. How does the change in human health influence the non-migration of birds? There may be reinforcing feedback from geese population back to non-migration: geese are more likely to stop and stay where there are other geese that are being well-fed, and more geese lead to more feeding by humans, which leads to more geese.