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Systems Thinking

A holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the relationship between each constituent part to the broader whole

Systems thinking expands the range of choices available for solving a problem by broadening our thinking and helping us articulate problems in new and different ways. It contrasts with traditional analysis, which studies systems by breaking them down into their separate elements, and makes us sensitive to the circular nature of the world we live in; an awareness of the role of structure in creating the conditions we face; a recognition that there are powerful laws of systems operating that we are unaware of; a realization that there are consequences to our actions that we are oblivious to. It is a disciplined approach for examining problems more deeply before acting, allowing us to ask better questions before jumping to conclusions.

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