This is a page I have created for people who want to learn more about Systems Thinking after participating in one of my training sessions through I-LEAD, Ashoka or the Kellogg Foundation.
Third, I highly recommend that you sign up for a free account on Insightmaker.com, a terrific online modeling tool that allows you to create not only a variety of systems models but also to actually build online simulations. It’s amazing.
Fourth, below is a directory of websites, books and articles on the subject of Systems Thinking. Join the movement!
This is a diagram created in Insightmaker by a
group of Kellogg Fellows exploring the concept of structural racism.
When the diagram opens, click “Step Forward” in the lower right corner
to step through the diagram.
Web Based Forums
The System Dynamics discussion forum (http://www.systemdynamics.org/forum) is a bulletin board forum to ask questions, post news and join discussions related to System Dynamics.
SystemsWiki (http://www.systemswiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page) is a systems thinking and system dynamics wiki, led by Gene Bellinger.
Books & Articles
Peter Checkland, Jim Scholes (1990) Soft Systems Methodology in Action. (Wiley) ISBN 0-471-92768-6
Peter Checkland, Jim Sue Holwell (1998) Information, Systems and Information Systems. (Wiley) ISBN 0-471-95820-4
Peter Checkland, John Poulter (2006) Learning for Action. (Wiley) ISBN 0-470-02554-9
Jamshid Gharajedaghi (2005) Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity – A Platform for Designing Business Architecture. (Butterworth-Heinemann) ISBN 0-7506-7973-5
Charles François (ed) (1997), International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics, München: K. G. Saur.
Charles L. Hutchins (1996) Systemic Thinking: Solving Complex Problems CO:PDS ISBN 1-888017-51-1
Lars Skyttner (2006) General Systems Theory: Problems, Perspective, Practice (World Scientific Publishing Company) ISBN 981-256-467-5
Graeme Snooks (2008) ‘A general theory of complex living systems: Exploring the demand side of dynamics’. Complexity, 13(6), July/August: 12-20.
Margaret J. Wheatley (2006 – revised) Leadership and the New Science. (Berret-Koehler) ISBN 1576753441
In addition to the models provided with the books and tutorials above, the following resources are available:
Tom Fiddaman’s model library (http://models.metasd.com/)
SystemsWiki model library and distributed repository (http://www.systemswiki.org/index.php?title=Systems_Thinking_World_Model_Library)
Other System Dynamics Learning Resources
The System Dynamics Society (http://www.systemdynamics.org/) is an international nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the development and use of systems thinking and system dynamics around the world. The Society hosts an annual conference and maintains lists of academic programs and courses, tools and other resources.
The MIT System Dynamics in Education project – http://sysdyn.clexchange.org/ home page features papers and other resources related to system dynamics including the “Road Maps” self learning series.
The Creative Learning Exchange (http://www.clexchange.org/) has a large library of information for K-12 systems dynamics learning and teaching.
For system dynamics web links, a comprehensive resource is G. Ossimitz’s System Dynamics Mega Link List (http://wwwu.uni-klu.ac.at/gossimit/linklist.php)
Tom Fiddaman’s system dynamics and systems thinking links. (http://www.delicious.com/tomfid/tag_bundle/Systems)