David W. Packer

David W. Packer

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David W. Packer is a founding member of the collaborative, bringing extensive business and systems thinking capability to its membership. Most recently, he was an associate and CFO of a consulting firm that focused on leading clients to develop systemic perspectives of their issues. Prior to that, David served in a set of senior Financial and Information Management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation both in the United States and Europe.

David holds a Masters degree in Management from MIT, where he was a member of the system dynamics group at the Sloan School, as well as Bachelor degrees in both Electrical Engineering and in Humanities and Engineering. He is a graduate of The Executive Program of the Darden School at the University of Virginia and serves on the Board of Directors of several non profit organizations.

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Designing Effective Learning Laboratories

Experiential activities have long been recognized as powerful ways to learn. Simulations create an environment where people can encounter many of the challenges and …

Calmness: What a Systems View Can Bring

As I view the social landscape, charged with political maneuvering and economic trauma, I feel a certain calmness that comes through long association with …

Overcoming Escalation with Big, Generous Actions

Of all the system structures that affect our lives and world, escalation takes the prize for its negative impact. In situations such as price …

Dream of a Systems-Centered Future

I dream of a future where systemic thinking plays a central role. In my dream, here is what it will be like looking back …

Unleashing an Avalanche of Change

The Pebble and the Avalanche: How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions (Berrett-Koehler, 2005) by Moshe Yudkowsky is an interesting, readable book that examines …

Taking a Systems View: A Reflection

Over many years of working with systems thinking as a student, manager, and consultant, I have developed an increasing respect for and fascination with …