Sector: Government

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Making Better School Policy Decisions Using Computer Modeling

School superintendents, administrators, board members, and others involved in public education face a Herculean task — gaining enough understanding of an infinitely complex system …

A Continuous Learning Approach to Child Welfare

Imagine getting a knock at the door from a social worker telling you that you’re being investigated for abusing your child, and at the …

Engaging Head, Hand, and Heart at the Carrollton Police Department

Carrollton, Texas, is a suburb of 115,000 plus citizens in Northwest Dallas. The Carrollton Police Department (CPD) has 161 sworn personnel, 78 civilian personnel, …

Minnesota Takes the Long View of Its Solid Waste System

In January 2000, Minnesota’s Office of Environmental Assistance (MN OEA) began to investigate creative solutions to the state’s growing problems with solid waste disposal.

From Students to Citizens and Workers: An Interview with Deborah Meier

You and some colleagues are on a retreat, discussing long-term strategies for your organization. As the hour grows late, someone brings up the issue …

Reader Response to “Higher Education and the Income Gap”

In the December/January issue, we considered the question of whether increased funding of higher education might help to close the income gap in the …

Acting and Thinking Systemically

In the summer of 2006, a group of local foundations supported the leaders of Calhoun County Michigan (population 100,000), in developing a 10-year plan …

An Economy Designed to Sustain the Environment

You have probably heard of Lester Brown’s work before whether you know it or not. For the past 30 years, when an environmentalist or …

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 …

Guidelines for Drawing Causal Loop Diagrams

The old adage “if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail” can also apply to language.