The Perspectives Project
Systems Thinking World was established by and for those who believe a systemic perspective provides the best foundation for creating effective approaches for dealing with challenges and shaping a better tomorrow. Our purpose is surfacing noteworthy relationships and their implications, to provoke thought, foster deeper understanding, create insights, and enable more effective action. In the same manner that plans are nothing but planning is everything, relationship models are for naught, though understanding relationships is everything. Understanding relationships puts us in a position to better understand relationships in the future.
Perspectives will be developed using Kumu and Insight Maker and surfaced as SystemsWiki pages with embedded presentations or videos. Every two weeks a number of perspectives will be distributed via Perspectives with Gene Bellinger, a MailChimp Newsletter, for which one can Register, and there is an Archive. While each perspective will be an element of Category:Perspective, a Diigo Group is provided to enable general perspective and multi-category searches. If you have thoughts on new perspectives you'd like to see developed please post them to Future Topics. Current Issue Vol 1 No 8
Given a situation, which might be a problem you need to deal with, something you want to create, or simply something you want to understand, developing the requisite understanding is easier if you have an effective method for doing so. You are invited to review the following before interacting with perspectives provided as part of this project as they should provide some background for what we're up to.
- Battling the Jungle - Why when you attempt to change things the Jungle typically wins in the end.
- Creating Insights - An approach to creating insights and the benefits of doing so.
- We Have A Problem - An example of the benefits of not thinking about things before acting.
- Causal Relationships - Conventions used in the development of perspectives relationship models.
- The Essence of And? - An example of how we go about developing relationship models.
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf - An example of a relationship model unfolded as a story.
- Systems Thinking Postscript - My current understanding of the value of not talking about Systems Thinking with non Systems Thinkers.
Note: Somewhere between Vol 1 No 3 and Vol 1 No 4 we changed the embedded perspectives format. The format is now an unfolding of the relationships with none of the text on the left hand side of the screen. We concluded the text was just too distracting while watching and listening to the video. If you want to access all the content of the perspective the Kumu Project is the best vehicle. If you access the presentation from which the video was created clicking on any shadowed element or connection, or any loop label, will display the text associated with the that item. Also note, all the projects are public so you can fork (that's clone in human speak) any project. This creates a copy of the project, and any associated presentations, that you then own, should you want to evolve it in some manner. You can also clone any Insight Maker models referenced. We're currently working on updating all the perspectives from the first three issues to be consistent with this format.
- Archive - List of the previously published issues of Perspectives with Gene Bellinger.
- Category - The SystemsWiki.org Perspectives Category page which lists all perspectives developed to date.
- Diigo Group - An index of all perspectives which supports both full text and tag searches.
- Future Topics - A page which allows you to submit topics you would like to see developed as perspectives in the future.
- Subscribe - A form to subscribe to Perspectives with Gene Bellinger.
- Perspectives Template A Kumu project with a Text and an Image & Text view. Just clone, delete the view not needed and go.
- Kumu CSS Code for Perspectives A Google Doc containing the CSS code used for Perspectives projects.
Archive * Category * Diigo Group * Future Topics * Subscribe
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