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Systems Thinking World was established by and for those who believe a systemic perspective is most appropriate for understanding and dealing with complex situations. Even so, systems thinking is not very broadly adopted. If you get several systems thinkers together sooner or later the conversation drifts around to why systems thinking isn't more broadly adopted. Yet, no manner how long the topic is discussed it never quite gets to the crux of the problem. Systems thinkers are the poster children for Pogo's "We have met the enemy and he is us!" We have continued to make the subject so complicated that when you mention systems thinking to many people they want to run screaming from the room.

Quite by accident, I happened across a number of insights that I thought really shed light on the predicament. As a result, I develop the short Systems Thinking Postscript Video which I would like to share with you. Based on these insights I stopped talking about systems thinking and now typically just ask questions enabling others to investigate and understand relationships and their implication.

With this understanding, I set out to create an environment that would demonstrate the value of understanding relationships and their implications, without all the overwhelming complexity causing confusion. The result was The Perspectives Project, which as it turns out is, for most completely overwhelming. As such, I'm back to the drawing board, developing a new approach for demonstrating the value of understanding relationships and their implications in a meaningful and useful way. More news to follow - very soon I hope. Please Subscribe for updates.

In the meantime, the links below are intended to provide access to useful information.

The Perspectives Project surfaces noteworthy relationships and their implications, to provoke thought, foster deeper understanding, create insights, and enable more effective action. Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling with truly interactive models in the book which you can experiment with as you read about them. Reference Library used to manage links, notes, documents in support of the efforts of Systems Thinking World.
Insight Maker, a free web based multi-user modeling & simulation environment supporting collaborative model development. Insight Maker Reference. Health Care System Dynamics Insights collected by Mark Heffernan and Geoff McDonnell over the past two decades are being documented. Future Events Map of various systems thinking related events around the world. Send updates to Nick Ananin at
Kumu, web-based relationship modeling environment for developing network and systems thinking diagrams. Kumu Reference. Model.Report, a systems community aggregator where participants identify, comment on, upvote and downvote content. YouTube Channel hosts videos for various dimensions of Systems Thinking World. Subscribe to the channel to receive new video notices.
The Systems Thinker, a repository of 800+ articles on various dimensions of Systems Thinking. These are primarily from Pegasus Communications over the past 20+ years. Systems Thinking Resources supporting the development of one's understanding of key Systems Thinking concepts. Systems Modeling Diigo group library focused on dynamic modeling references in Insight Maker and AnyLogic.

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Director Systems Thinking World
December 2016



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