A Systems Perspective Introduction

A Systems Perspective Introduction - Patterns NOT Events...

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A Strategy of Sustainability: A Systems Perspective on Environmental Initiatives Professor Doug Cerf Donald Bren Graduate School of Environmental Science and Management Environmental Risk Management (ESM 286) Winter 2008
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Printed on recycled paper-actually better, not printed at all An Overview of Systems Thinking Another framework A method to test new ideas related to social systems Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots. Makes understanding of social systems explicit so they can be improved Much in the same way that systems thinking is used to understand and improve mechanical systems in engineering
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Printed on recycled paper-actually better, not printed at all Properties of Systems Whole and not parts Inter-relationships and inter-dependencies Cause and effect are not connected in time and space. Time Delays
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Unformatted text preview: Patterns NOT Events Structure is crucial Structure influences behaviour Printed on recycled paper-actually better, not printed at all An Overview of Systems Thinking Fundamentally different from traditional forms of analysis Analysis means to break into constituent parts Systems thinking in contrast focuses on how the thing being studied interacts with the other constituents of the system For systems that are dynamically complex or where there is a great deal of feedback from external and internal sources, the results can be strikingly different. Source: http:// www.thinking.net/Systems_Thinking/OverviewSTarticle.pd Printed on recycled paper-actually better, not printed at all Systems Thinking Exercises The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercises to Stretch and Build Learning and Systems Thinking Capabilities by Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows (ISBN 0-966127-7-9)...
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This note was uploaded on 08/06/2008 for the course ESM 286 taught by Professor Cerf during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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