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Simplifying complexity

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Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points.
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Simplicity in complexity

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How to Tackle Complexity Using Systems Thinking

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Systems thinking: what it is and why it’s important for fed leaders

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samuel prieto's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:12 AM

pensar en sistemas  @cetep1 @unimagdalena

samuel prieto's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:20 AM

la complejidad y pensamiento de sistemas @cetep1 @unimagdalena

Ian Biggs, FAIPM, CPPE's curator insight, December 8, 2013 11:40 PM

I love the analogy in this article between linear problem solving V's systems thinking and more holistic approaches. It's like throwing a rock and a live bird! The linear approach is great for determining where the rock might end up but how does it understand what the bird will do, predict it's final resting place or control it's path along the way? 

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Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows

Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows | Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.

The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!" 


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Anne Caspari's comment, March 24, 2013 6:36 AM
still so valid.
Marc Rabaey's curator insight, January 6, 2014 4:59 AM

The magic of leverage points

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Systems thinking for Health Systems Strengthening

This video was produced by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and was filmed during the launch of the Alliance's 2009 Flagship Report: Syste...
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I used this as an example of ST in my PhD. I adapted their processes to better suite CAS.

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