Topic: Fundamentals

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A Weighty Take on Stocks and Flows

When it comes to complex systems, things are seldom what they seem at first glance. Nowhere is this difficulty more evident than in the …

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 …

From Individual to Shared Mental Models

Making individual mental models explicit is only one step toward fostering organizationwide learning. Since perceptions of reality can vary widely among different people in …

Systems Archetypes As Structural Pattern Templates

Imagine you were suddenly struck with a strange illness that affected your vision. While you were still able to “see” everything around you, somehow …

Predicting Behavior Using Systems Archetypes

The adage “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” captures an old belief that something “known” is more valuable than …

Introducing the Systems Archetypes: Shifting the Burden

As with the previous systems archetype that we discussed, “Fixes That Fail,” “Shifting the Burden” is about how the pressure of a worsening problem …

The Blind Men and the Elephant

The parable of the blind men and the elephant illustrates how our individual perceptions (what Peter Senge calls our “mental models”) can lead to …

Dancing with Systems

People who are raised in the industrial world and who get enthused about systems thinking are likely to make a terrible mistake. They are …

Applying System Dynamics to Public Policy: The Legacy of Barry Richmond

System dynamicist Barry Richmond was one of those larger-than-life characters whom one seldom encounters in this world. His incisive intellect, passion for building understanding, …