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Donella Meadows, a professor at Dartmouth College, a long-time organic farmer, journalist, and systems analyst, was working on a book titled Thinking in. We love Donella Meadows’ take on nurturing systems. “The Dance” is a great motivator to post on the bulletin board at your think-tank, school. In her article, “Dancing with Systems,” the late and beloved Donella Meadows ( ) speaks to the mystery at the source of quest for wholeness. Self-organizing .

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What is thinking in systems? When he asked a young Chinese woman why his book was so popular in China, she told him that we see it as a doella about personal development. Listen to the wisdom meadowz the system. They just have to bring themselves to believe that which they know.

Only part of us, a part that has emerged recently, designs buildings as boxes with uncompromising straight lines and flat surfaces. And that I did not meet it already in my studies years before that. This second wave has become more visible in the past few years as an astounding multitude of working, sustainable, ecosocial systems have entered mainstream consciousness.

Instead of becoming a champion for one possible explanation or hypothesis or model, collect as many as possible. That way you will be emotionally able to see the evidence that rules out an assumption with which you might have confused your own identity.

No part of the human race is separate either from other human beings or from the global ecosystem. Nourish a clear organization identity.

May 17, Jan rated it really liked it. In places it feels like she is using her systems framework to justify her pre-existing beliefs. I had learned about dancing with great powers from whitewater kayaking, from gardening, from playing music, from skiing. No one can precisely define or measure any value. Oct 17, Kent rated it it was amazing Recommended to Kent by: Remember, always, that everything you know, and everything everyone knows, is dncing a model.


May 05, Jan Martinek rated it it was amazing. It’s well laid out, has diagrams in all the right places, deals with the subject matter chapter by chapter, and even has footnotes and callout sections to detail information.

As soon as we stop being blinded by the illusion of control. Views Read Edit View history.

wity Epistemologically the book oscillates between a naive realism there is As a collection of guidelines for understanding and intervening in problematic situations this wlth is quite useful. The new system can be designed and the existing ones can be re-designed.

Lean is one of the most important tools at our disposal to change systems. As I read this I was floored by the constant application to my life. View all 6 comments. To find out more about Donella meadows click here. We are rarely that flexible. Doubling time Leverage points Limiting factor Negative feedback Positive feedback. Despite this book was written in it deserves 6 stars even nowadays. Balancing and Strengthening feedback-loops.

But the hard truth is that though the working processes are indeed mysterious, there is no danccing person to bash or blame.

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

I love how every page shows how theory and practice, quality and quantity or any other methodological dichotomy needs to be bridged to arrive at clear understanding of a situation. This is a book of philosophy and life learnings.

Hold fast to the goal of goodness. Pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable.

Dancing With Systems – The Donella Meadows Project

You can also find us at: Want to Read saving…. But part of it is not only NOT obvious, it’s very hard to explain or even see in the first place. To think how many arguments have to do with boundaries- national trade ethnic, boundaries between public and private responsibility, and boundaries between the religious ch and poor, polluters and pollutees, people alive now and people who cone in the future.


I ended up skimming the last half of the book; there just wasn’t enough that was new to me there to hold my interest, relative to how many words were spent. She discusses what a system is, why systems surprise us, and some favorite patterns in systems that lead us astray, how to get systems to work better, and some practical advice on how to deal with systems and “systems thinking.

Figuring out the “boundaries” is exactly a key problem in dealing with systems. Though one could disagree with her views on certain political issues, it should not stop the reader benefiting from systems thinking she describes.

Perhaps dangerously inappropriate as it could give one a false sense that by understanding these very basic systems models they can now understand macroeconomics.

The second form of Gaian life-sustaining structure development refers to what Chris Riedy change the message or change the people? While reading, i felt she did not have a chance to edit it properly. He concluded that what was needed was not outside investors, but inside ones.

Systems of Collective Wisdom

Feedback loop is much easier to understand intuitively than define. It self-organizes and evolves. Trust your intuition more and your figuring-out rationality less. Macy calls this shift in decision-making danncing a personal to a personal-collective level of self-interest the holonic shift.

It is inevitable that this professional perspective engenders a very distinctive but always disputable way of evaluating systems behavior. A system, to truly be a system, must have three aspects: This is essential reading for anyone, and I say that without hyperbole.