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Welcome to SystemsWiki, an unfolding journey in the realm of systems.

Since its inception in Nov 2009 the foundational premise for the establishment of Systems Thinking World, the non-profit, and Systems Thinking World, the discussion group on LinkedIn, has continued to be...

We believe a Systemic Perspective provides the best foundation for creating effective approaches for dealing with challenges and shaping a better tomorrow. Our purpose is to create content which furthers understanding of the value of a systemic perspective and enables thinking and acting systemically.

There has been an ongoing endeavor to think beyond the purpose of this site in an attempt to envision what it is intended to enable. By continuing to contemplate what the site is intended to enable the hope is that the manner in which it endeavors will continue to evolve.

As such the intent has been, and continues to be, one of furthering a collective understanding of what a Systemic Strategy really implies and encompasses and how to share that understanding with a broader audience for their benefit and those around them. Under this premise a major restructuring of the SystemsWiki site was initiated in May 2011. Any feedback you have that may enable us to continue to develop the manner in which we pursue this would be most appreciated.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead

Enjoy the Journey!

Gene Bellinger
Kill Devil Hills, NC
May 2011

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Welcome to SystemsWiki, an unfolding journey in the realm of systems.

What is a System and why is Systems Thinking so critical to our future?

Ludwig von Bertalanffy [Davidson 1983] first proposed, in 1937, that the same basic structures operated across all disciplines, and if one learned how these structures operated one could transfer much of their learning from one discipline to another. When moving from one discipline to another one would simply have to learn the structures that were operating, and the labels on the elements of the structures. On first reading this may seem most profound, or maybe even preposterous. Though, after some pondering it should become apparent that, of course this is true as the disciplines are a contrivance of man, not nature. As such, within one universe, of course there is only one set of structures that operate. Bertalanffy's concept was for a General Theory of Systems, rather than a General Systems Theory, and I believe the Systems Archetypes were exactly what Bertalanffy had in mind.

SystemsWiki will endeavor to investigate many things, employing Systems Thinking, Modeling and Simulation to foster understanding. As this requires some understanding of systems, information is provided to develop a level of understanding sufficient to delve into what resides within SystemsWiki. Every attempt will be made to avoid the major failing of "Systems Science." In the words of Ludwig von Bertalanffy, "The student in 'system science' receives a technical training which makes systems theory -- originally intended to overcome current overspecialization -- into another of the hundreds of academic specialties" [Davidson 1983].

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

Enjoy the Journey!

Gene Bellinger
Kill Devil Hills, NC
November 2009

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