Systems thinking

Systems thinking is more than just a handy collection of tools and methods to explore complex systems with – it is also an underlying philosophy, an awareness of the role of structure in creating what we face, of powerful patterns operating on us, and of consequences of our actions.

Duality refines control

The separation of the brain into two hemispheres is an evolutionary very old mechanism. Most animals have it.

Humans even more

Homeless Paris

Marginalisation

Preferring the impersonal to the personal, can lead to an emphasis on uniformity and equality, not as just one desirable to be balanced with others, but as the ultimate desirable, transcending all others.

"Other"

Panopticon

Grasp it and control it. Talk of liberty as an abstract ideal while actually curtailing individual liberty. Panoptical control can become an end in itself, and CCTV monitoring and interception of private information the norm.

"World"

Exploitation

A narrowed focus on material things at the expense of the living. Following the left hemisphere's path has already involved much destruction of the natural world and erosion of established cultures.

"Self"

Scenarios

Scenario logics spans up spaces, to think things through and do more research. Added is “obliviousness and congruence” in the centre, containing what is generally overlooked.

Grounded in past

Hall of mirrors

Internally reflective, the left hemisphere has weaknesses, escape routes that the left hemisphere can never take a hold of completely. Right there where the right hemisphere plays the grounding role.

Grounded congruence

Dynamic modelling of causes and effects is a powerful tool to become and stay creative and all that's needed for it is a stack of napkins, post-its, pen, and a big sheet of paper …

Causes and effects

How to

Influences

Influence diagrams

How to

Scenario planning

Scenario planning is a way of understanding the dynamics that are shaping the future. It can capture a whole range of possibilities in rich detail.

How To