Below are recommended resources to continue a deeper dive into systems thinking and systems mapping. Have a resource or local project to share? Send us a note.
Thinking in Systems
Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.
Making Peace Last
Making Peace Last applies systems thinking to help improve the productivity of peacebuilding, broadly defined. This book defines the theory, analysis, and practice needed to create peacebuilding approaches that are as dynamic and adaptive as the societies they are trying to affect. Making Peace Last is a comprehensive approach to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.
Beyond Connecting the Dots
Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling that covers all aspects of Systems Thinking and Modeling. It starts on a very basic conceptual level and assumes you do not have a modeling or mathematical background. As the book progresses it becomes increasingly advanced.
Donella Meadows Institute
The Donella Meadows Institute’s mission is to bring economic, social and environmental systems into closer harmony with the realities of a finite planet and a globally powerful human race by using the disciplines of systems thinking, system dynamics, and collaborative learning that were pioneered by their founder, Donella Meadows.
We’ve all been confronted by situations where it seemed impossible to get diverse stakeholders with conflicting perspectives, contradictory goals, and widely differing measures of success to come to not only a shared perspective of their reality, but also shared understanding and agreement about how to work together to achieve a common global goal that advances both the needs of each individual and the collective as a whole.
Aid on the Edge of Chaos
Aid on the Edge of Chaos explores how thinkers and practitioners in economics, business, and public policy have started to embrace new, ecologically literate approaches to thinking and acting, informed by the ideas of complex adaptive systems research. It showcases insights, experiences, and dramatic results of a growing network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are applying a complexity-informed approach to aid challenges.