Understanding Relationships & Their Implications

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The following set of learning experiences, hosted by Gene Bellinger of Systems Thinking World, endeavor to share approaches and utilities which others may employ to stop being the poster children for Pogo's, "We have met the enemy and he is us!" We learn by intent, and from experience, and often we're not fully aware of what we learn. Many of the assumptions we make, and the conclusions we draw, as a foundation for our beliefs are simply incorrect. When we then employ these beliefs as a basis for action, and the results produced are not as expected, we're confused. Learning to investigate relationships and their implications for deeper understanding and insights is the only way out of the wicked dilemma.

Each 60-90 minute session is $15, which you may pay with PayPal, or most major credit cards via PayPal. All times listed are US Eastern Standard Time, which is UTC-5. See World Time Zones for additional detail. Once you register for a session you will receive an email receipt from PayPal. Reminders will be sent within 24 hrs after you register and one week, one day and one hour before each session. Audio for the Zoom sessions may be VOIP (Recommended) or dial-in (Not Toll Free). Click Here to test your Zoom connection. Attending these sessions from a small screen (cell phone) not recommended. Shortly after the session you will receive a link to a recording of the session along with links for all the content used during the session.

Send Questions/Comments to Gene at systemswiki@gmail.com

Kumu Perspectives
Tue Feb 9 11am EST

How a relationship map is decorated can have a significant influence on how it is perceived by those it is shared with. The manner in which perspectives are developed to govern the way a map looks are so extensive that they may initially be overwhelming. This session will present the options available for decorating a map in an orderly painless manner so you can take advantage of the power of this feature of Kumu.

Kumu Attributes
Thu Feb 11 11am EST

Often because of what the relationship map intends to surface it may be advantageous to associate additional information with elements, connections or loops. This session will present the Kumu options available for creating new attributes for entities of a relationship map as well as ways these may be used in decorating the map.

Leveraging Archetypes
The systems archetypes represent a set of structures which occur frequently across all branches of knowledge. Each archetype has a characteristic pattern of behavior as well as a well defined strategy for dealing with a situation represented by an archetype. The archetypes are usually looked upon as being a set of negative situation descriptions. These sessions will provide insight as to how one can use them to provide guidance as situations that are likely to arise and may be dealt with before they become problems.

Leveraging Archetypes - Part I
Tue Feb 16 11am EST

Covers archetypes based on the balancing/goal seeking structure.

Leveraging Archetypes - Part II
Thu Feb 18 11am EST

Covers archetypes based on the reinforcing/growth structure.

Systems Thinking Demystified
Tue, Feb 23 11am EST

It is often claimed that only a small percent of the population is capable of doing systems thinking. And there are those who claim that systems thinking is too hard, is too esoteric, takes too long, etc. This session will present an uncomplicated approach to systems thinking doable by anyone. And it will demonstrate how systemic thinking is critical to improving the likelihood of success in your endeavors.

Virtual Systemic Collaboration
Thu Mar 10 11am EST

Does any one person know enough to address the complex issues faced today? Not likely! The situation dictates a collaborative approach, though how likely is it that one is aware of who the appropriate collaborators are? Highly Unlikely! And if you manage to identify the right people what's the likelihood that they're not already completely booked? Almost none! This session will present an approach to doing collaboration in a manner which addresses these difficulties and improves the likelihood of effective action.


Systems Thinking World was established by and for those who believe a systemic perspective provides the best foundation for creating effective approaches for dealing with challenges and shaping a better tomorrow. Our purpose is to create content, foster interactions and to apply systems thinking to further an understanding of a systemic perspective to enable thinking and acting systemically.

https://kumu.io/stw/perspectives The Perspectives Project surfaces Systemic Perspectives and employs discussions to evolve those perspectives to foster deeper understanding and insights for effective action. The Perspectives Project is what I initially envisioned Systems Thinking World to be six years ago. It's just taken a while to figure out how to build it. Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling. Rather than being constrained by the printed page, it runs digitally on your computer or your tablet. Because of this it can provide you an exciting experience that goes beyond the printed word. The models in the book are truly interactive and you can directly experiment with them within the book as you read about them. Beyond Connecting the Dots is more than a book; it is a truly interactive learning environment that lets you play with ideas rather than just read them.
Insight Maker, a free web based multi-user modeling & simulation environment supporting collaborative model development. 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.
Systems KeLE, a systems learning environment supporting an evolving understanding of systems thinking and its applications. Systems Thinking Modeling & Simulation News, 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.
Kumu, web-based relationship modeling environment for developing network and systems thinking diagrams. SystemsWiki Blog tracing the development of Systems Thinking World and SystemsWiki components. Systems Modeling Diigo group library focused on curating references related to dynamic modeling of systems in Insight Maker and AnyLogic.
Systems Resources to support development of one's understanding of key Systems Thinking concepts. Reference Library used to manage links, notes, documents in support of the efforts of Systems Thinking World. SystemsWiki, a Twitter account posting systems thinking related links.

Director Systems Thinking World
January 2016



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