Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting ResultsDonors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation. How do these un…

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Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Contemporary Systems Thinking): Volume 1

Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Contemporary Systems Thinking): Volume 1This book aims to rethink systemic intervention to enhance its relevance for supporting social change in the 21st century. It offers a new systems philosophy and methodology, focusing upon the fundamental importance of exploring value and boundary judgements as part of the intervention process. It includes four detailed examples of the practice of systemic intervention….

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Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries

Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual RevolutionariesThis book aims to rethink systemic intervention to enhance its relevance for supporting social change in the 21st century. It offers a new systems philosophy and methodology, focusing upon the fundamental importance of exploring value and boundary judgements as part of the intervention process. It includes four detailed examples of the practice of systemic intervention….

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Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use (The CRC Press Series on Constraints Management)

Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use (The CRC Press Series on Constraints Management)The book begins with an overview of the constraint-based perspective on systems and organizations, commonly referred to as the theory of constraints or synchronous management. The first section will guide you through the fundamental principles and processes that are the backbone of the thinking process application tools.The second section contains the step-by-step guidelines for each of the five thinking process application tools. These tools utilize sufficient cause thinking and necessary condi…

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The Systems Thinking School: Redesigning Schools from the Inside-Out (Leading Systemic School Improvement)

The Systems Thinking School: Redesigning Schools from the Inside-Out (Leading Systemic School Improvement)This book examines the school as an operational organization through the lens of systems thinking. In this way it serves as an invitation to look again at schools and how they operate as learning systems. It begins by showing exactly why our inherited, industrial school model, can never be made to work effectively no matter how hard school leaders try or how well schools are judged. This book uses systems thinking to explain and describe the management unlearning and new learning needed to creat…

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Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Contemporary Systems Thinking)

Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Contemporary Systems Thinking)This book aims to rethink systemic intervention to enhance its relevance for supporting social change in the 21st Century. It offers a new systems philosophy and methodology, focusing upon the fundamental importance of exploring value and boundary judgements as part of the intervention process. A pluralist practice is also promoted, and the reader learns how s/he can draw upon a wide variety of theories and methods to maximise flexibility and responsiveness during interventions. Four detailed ex…

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