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Main Title Thinking in systems : a primer /
Author Meadows, Donella H.,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Wright, Diana,
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing,
Year Published 2008
OCLC Number 225871309
ISBN 9781603580557; 1603580557
Subjects System analysis--Simulation methods. ; Decision making--Simulation methods. ; Critical thinking--Simulation methods. ; Sustainable development--Simulation methods. ; Social sciences--Simulation methods. ; Economic development--Environmental aspects--Simulation methods. ; Population--Economic aspects--Simulation methods. ; Pollution--Economic aspects--Simulation methods. ; Environmental education--Simulation methods. ; Systeemtheorie. ; Probleemoplossing.
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EHBM  QA402.M425 2008 NHEERL/AED Library/Narragansett,RI 04/28/2014 STATUS
EOAM  QA402.M425 2008 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 11/05/2012
ERAM  QA402 .M425 2008 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 10/04/2010
ESAM  QA402.M425 2008 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 09/30/2013
Collation xiii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 208-210) and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction : The systems lens : Part I. System structure and behavior : The basics -- A brief visit to the systems zoo -- Part II. Systems and us : Why systems work so well -- Why systems surprise us -- System traps, and opportunities -- Part III. Creating change: in systems and in our philosophy : Leverage points: paces to intervene in a system -- Living in a world of systems -- Appendix : System definitions: a glossary ; Summary of system principles ; Springing the system traps ; Places to intervene in a system ; Guidelines for living in a world of systems ; Model equations. "Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life."--Jacket. "In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth--the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet-- Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life. Some of the biggest problems facing the world--war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation--are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner."--Publisher's description.