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The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume … Continue reading

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More than Cool Reason: “Withness-thinking” or “Systemic thinking” and Thinking about Systems

Many of our difficulties in our practical lives are not of the form of “problems” that we can solve by reasoning; nor are they are “empirical problems” that we can solve by discovering something currently unknown to us by the … Continue reading

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Literature Reviews: Generative and Transformative Textual Conversations

The intention of this article is to invite readers to explore and understand how literature reviews can be conducted from a systemic and dialogical approach. After reading a paper by Montuori, I considered how literature reviews could be situated systemically … Continue reading

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The Originality of Systems Intelligence

We have proposed that the work on emotional, social and multiple intelligence has missed a key form of human intelligence that we have called “systems intelligence.” By “systems intelligence” we mean “intelligent behavior in the context of complex systems involving … Continue reading

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The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education

Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom — understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate—and show why these competencies are needed to help students … Continue reading

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Resilience and Sustainable Development – Theory of Resilience, Systems Thinking and Adaptive Governance

Resilience thinking is inevitably systems thinking at least as much as sustainable development is. In fact, “when considering systems of humans and nature (social-ecological systems) it is important to consider the system as a whole. The human domain and the … Continue reading

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Education at the Edge of Possibility

We are in such a deep global crisis. We will only continue to see more and more effects in our lives from climate change, social inequality, environmental depletion. We are waking up to the realization that there is no economy … Continue reading

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Reconnecting Biology, Social Relations and Epistemology – A Systemic appreciation of Autopoietic Theory

This paper seeks to tease out the systemic character of a body of work that elsewhere in both the primary and secondary literature tends to be described, discussed and applied in fragmented and reductionist terms. The origins of “autopoietic theory” … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences

Many policy makers and managers think of organisations as machines. This is evident in much of the language they use, such as ‘stepping up a gear’, ‘changing direction’ or ‘the levers of power’. The machine metaphor is built into ‘scientific’ … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking: Ancient Maya’s Evolution of Consciousness and Contemporary Systems Thinking

Systems thinking as a modern approach for problem solving was revived after WWII even though it had been an ancient philosophy. We can track systems thinking back to antiquity. Differentiated from Western rationalist traditions of philosophy, C. West Churchman often … Continue reading

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