Welcome to this journal of information about the breadth and effectiveness of systems thinking applications. Our intent is to provide readers with reflections on what we are seeing, learning and discovering as we go about our work. From time to time we will also comment on current events from a systemic perspective.

February 24, 2017

How do we address the aftermath of the Presidential election and the factors that led up to it? The following blog posts offer insights into both:

"Leading Systemic Change: The I/WE/IT Framework" helps us organize our thinking about how to pull three primary levers for change: the personal, collective, and system levels that combine to produce sustainable system-wide transformation.

"Overcoming the Systemic Challenges of Inequity" points to a deeper dynamic that shaped the candidacies of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders: the destabilizing impact of growing inequality on not only the economic but also moral, social, and political fabrics of our country. This post is the basis for a longer upcoming article on the topic.

Both posts draw on the ideas of David Peter Stroh's new book Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide for Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (Chelsea Green, 2015). The book has been a #1 Best-Seller in Non-Governmental Organization Policy and is praised by reviewers as "an essential - and long overdue - guide to applied systems thinking" that "shows you how to enlist others in the effort" by "masterfully weaving metaphor, story, and practical tools" using "down-to-earth language". To learn more about the book, you can read free downloads of the introduction and first chapter or order the book in paperback or as an e-book here.

Finally, we are proud to announce that the first six sessions of our 12-session webinar series Systems Thinking Concepts are now available for purchase. Please click here to receive the slides with full audio commentary.

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