Linda Booth Sweeney

Linda Booth Sweeney

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Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D. is an award-winning author, researcher and educator, who is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn to infuse everyday decisions with a deeper understanding of living systems principles. Her aim is to get systems literacy and sustainability deeply embedded in the world of young people. Through talks, seminars and long-term engagements, Linda translates the ideas of systems theory into curricular, school and organizational transformation. Her particular passion is helping young people discover their own natural systems intelligence through innovative books and articles, website content and computer simulations. Following work with Outward Bound, Linda received her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2004She is the author of several books, including The Systems Thinking Playbook, When a Butterfly Sneezes: A guide for helping children explore interconnections in our world through favorite stories and The SEED Water Book (translated into seven languages) and the Healthy Chickens, Healthy Pastures Playkit (Creative Learning Exchange/Audubon, 2010). Her most recent book, Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems (and its companion CD) is translated into 9 languages and won awards at the 2011 New York and San Francisco Book Festivals. Her work has been published by Highlights Magazine for Children, and her first picture book, When the Wind Blows, will be published by Putnam, in 2014. Most recently, Linda worked with the Friedman School at Tufts University to create systems maps of a the Shape Up Somerville childhood obesity intervention and worked with KCA, the London design firm, to develop “Saudi Arabia 2050”, a traveling museum exhibit, focused on innovations in energy use and targeted to middle-school students. She is currently working with WGBH/PBS as a content curator and on the development of an on-line farming game. She is a member of Concord’s Food Advisory, founder of the Walden’s Writers group, a children’s book writing group, and a board member of the Balaton Group (www.balatongroup.org), an international network of researchers and practitioners in fields related to systems and sustainability.

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Managing in the Knowledge Era

The world economy is in the midst of a profound change—one that is creating huge shifts in the way companies are organizing to provide …

Creating Causal Theories

Peasants in southwest France have been selling smelly but delicious black truffles to restaurants for more than $600 a kilo (2.2 lb). Not surprisingly, …

Paper Fold: An Exercise in Exponential Growth

The behaviors of all ecological and human systems result from cause-and-effect links that make up reinforcing (positive) or balancing (negative) feedback loops. Generally speaking, …

Systems Clues in Everyday Language

How many times have you heard someone say, “This is spiraling out of control” or “We’re on a rollercoaster”? Or seen newspaper articles describe …

Pocket Guide: Systems Clues in Everyday Language

How many times have you heard someone say, “This is spiraling out of control”? When people use these kinds of phrases, they intuitively give hints …

Pocket Guide: Guidelines for Daily Systems Thinking Practice

This handy guide provides a reference tool for honing your systems thinking abilities every day. Shows you how to ask different kinds of questions to …

Using Systems Thinking to Talk with Teens about Texting

Last weekend, the parent network in our town was buzzing. A teen in a neighboring town had invited friends over for a party while …

Food Systems, Climate Systems, Laundry Systems: The Time for Systems Literacy Is Now!

Tell me, in what subjects are you literate? Sounds like a question a college interviewer might ask. To be literate of course means you …