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How Do You Know If Your Organization Is Learning?

Over the past year, since the publication of The Fifth Discipline, there has been a lot of activity and inquiry around the topic of how …

The Vocabulary of Systems Thinking: A Pocket Guide

Systems thinking can be thought of as a language for communicating about complexity and interdependencies (see “Systems Thinking as a Language,” Viewpoint, April 1991). To …

Revitalizing the Schools: A Systems Thinking Approach

Fortune magazine recently labeled the U.S. school system “our most endangered institution,” highlighting a growing national concern about the quality of education in America. Steadily …

Bringing “Background Analysis” to Foreground of Energy Policy

In this article, Donella Meadows shows how computer models — products of structural thinking — can help bring clarity to a complex issue. As she …

Structural Thinking: The World According to Accumulators and Flows

Avice president of a major U. S. manufacturer once questioned whether today’s rapid pace of change means that all our old tools and ways …

Accumulators: Bathtubs, Bathtubs Everywhere…

When’s the last time you actually took a real, honest-to-goodness bath? If you are like most people, it has probably been quite a while.

Systems Thinking as a Language

Language has a subtle, yet powerful effect on the way we view the world. English, like most other Western languages, is linear—its basic sentence …