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Saturday, February 5, 2022

Open-mic: What is "Systems Thinking" in your view?
Location: online
Time: 7am to 9am
From Wikipedia:
"Systems thinking is a way of making sense of the complexity of the world by looking at it in terms of wholes and relationships rather than by splitting it down into its parts. ... Systems thinking draws on and contributes to systems theory and the system sciences."
I have at least a half dozen books that are about systems thinking and how to apply it to various problem domains. But one thing I noticed in these books is that there is much variation in definitions and methods (e.g., from Senge to Meadows). There seem to be a number of favored methods for applying systems thinking.
There is also the question of how much of practiced systems thinking is based on explicit systems science knowledge. Do systems thinkers derive their methods from definitive systems knowledge?
Finally, are there levels of competency in systems thinking? What is systems literacy (Tuddenham) vs systems sensibility (Ison)?
It seems to me this could be a fruitful area to explore and share understanding. What do you think?