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Systems Thinking

How being Down Under helped me see Brexit the right way up

Sally Uren | Posted 07.04.2016 | Green
Sally Uren

I've just arrived back from Australia, where I was sharing Forum for the Future's work at the first Sustainable Brands conference in the region. I l...

The Complex Implications of Policy Puffins on the Public's Welfare

Hippo Reads | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Hippo Reads

At its simplest denominator, a citizen is by principle afforded the right of being included in a group's decisions. But there is a special place for those who serve as policymakers and policy experts. But I offer the point in my book that "sometimes the rules are not made by the public required to follow them."

What If Macys Created a New 'Miracle on 34th Street'?

Steven G. Brant | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Steven G. Brant

We are still trying to solve ALL of our problems using the same kind of thinking that created them! Have you heard the expression, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"? Well, our society is stuck in an "insane" kind of problem-solving loop.

Think Out of the Box!

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

'Think Out of the Box!' implicates that you have ever thought of such a thing like a box existing and to respect it, either because you have ever been...

Want to Succeed? Focus on This

David Grabovac | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
David Grabovac

At the start of every new year, people around the globe resolve to eat less, smoke less, exercise more and make a myriad of other commitments that wil...

Redefining 'Wake Up'

Success 3.0 | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Success 3.0

Success 3.0 has to answer a couple of questions. One: "Who are you?" "Who am I?" These are the big questions. Two: Are we willing to play a larger ...

The Constant Struggle for Equality: 5 Ways to Be a Better Ally

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

I'd like to focus on the bigger picture and examine why, regardless of anti-discrimination legislative changes, LGBTQ employment discrimination will remain economically divisive, socially permissible and unfortunately commonplace. I'd also like to point out how vital it is to get allies to recognize this issue as a valid and ongoing struggle.

Better Investment In Social Impact Starts With These 4 Questions

Joseph Agoada | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Joseph Agoada

By taking into account all possible outcomes and consequences, including those unintended or indirect, social impact investments can be insured the greatest impact.

To Reimagine School, What Must We Hold On To -- and What Must We Let Go Of?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

What would it need to look like if a system of schools were truly aligned around a different set of organizing questions -- where the goal is not to standardize but to individualize, where the objective is not uniformity but uniqueness, and where the feelings "school" arouses in the majority of us are not endless shades of grey but wild and inspiring spectrums of color?

Police Shootings: Young Black Men Pay a Heavy Price for America's Lax Gun Laws

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

As a social systems scientist, I am equally disturbed. Given the multitude of factors that are involved in every situation, why do we focus on so few factors and give others that are just as important so little consideration?

Five Conditions for Sifting Social Fields

Otto Scharmer | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Otto Scharmer

What does it take to address the current crises of our time at the level of the source (as opposed to the level of the symptoms)? What it takes, we believe, is a journey--a journey on which the social field shifts from ego-system awareness (silo view) to eco-system awareness (seeing from the whole).

The Biggest Reasons Athletes Make Great Entrepreneurs

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Jamilah Corbitt

Market knowledge and skill is not enough to succeed as an entrepreneur. It takes mental toughness and perseverance to win in this game. Even when you think you don't have anything left in the tank, I guarantee you can push out one more rep.

U-Lab: Prototyping the 21st-Century University

Otto Scharmer | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Otto Scharmer

Summing up the problem: higher education is overpriced, out of touch, and outdated in both curriculum and purpose. The solution? The solution is beginning to emerge in many places today.

She Got MY Job!

Roger Wright | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Why did she get the job? Why not me? Was it her resume? interview? Or is there something else? There is something else. You never see it in the standard "how-to" books on getting a job. It's not part of career development or outplacement.

Summer, Once a Time for Reflection, Now the Time for Radical Redesign

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.27.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Although the phrase hasn't entered mainstream conversation, "competency education" is on the mind of lots of educators and policymakers.

Simple Personal Systems for Big Health Benefits

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When we try to make a change like losing weight or exercising, going back to school or advancing at work, to a large degree it's the systems around us that either help ease us forward or hold us back -- both our own personal systems and societal systems that we must navigate.

New Orleans Is Now an All-Charter City -- Is That a Good Thing?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.03.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

How choice feels depends on where you live, and how high (or low) the levels of trust, transparency, and cross-sector collaboration are in those communities. Period.

How The New York Hall Of Science Is Building Learning Networks Worldwide

Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD.

What quickly became evident as I walked through the doors of the Science Centre World Summit near Brussels last week was the diversity of cultures and perspectives that had converged on this one spot for just a few days. So how do we weave diversity into how we communicate vital STEM ideas at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)?

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

I would argue that this short-sightedness undermines most organizations. It does so in insidious ways, mostly by draining energy through repeated conversations about what isn't working and unfulfilled promises that, as soon as there is a free moment, everyone will sit down and figure things out.

Simplicate This! Bob's 3 Sustainability Models

Suzanne Pinckney | Posted 12.02.2013 | Business
Suzanne Pinckney

In Simplicate This! we simplicate a smart article so you can slide it in your tool belt next to your sustainability nun-chucks and business cards for the next networking event, board presentation, or interview.

Halfway Point: The Benefits of Multiple Milestones

Michael Dezube | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Michael Dezube

How can one encourage a team to work on a project with a more even level of effort throughout, so that it is always completed by the deadline or sooner?

The New Sexy: System Impact

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

One would think that a technology used to rapidly accelerate composting would be an ultimate competitor to the traditional composter.Simply, it is just 'sexier' than the time-tested practice of windrow composting.

The Power of the Demo

Michael Dezube | Posted 05.15.2013 | Science
Michael Dezube

Never discount the importance of a great demo. Great demos can establish stakeholder buy-in, secure more resources, and ensure the longevity and success of a project; therefore it is critical to deliver a great and impactful one.

Rethinking in Systems

Jamer Hunt | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Jamer Hunt

The landscape of our cultural life is littered with broken systems. A quick pass at any daily newsfeed will inevitably reveal a politician or a pundit declaring that, "the system is broken."

If You Cut a Cow in Half, Do You Get Two Cows?

Lisa Bennett | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Lisa Bennett

When considering how living systems work, people often overlook how drilling in the Arctic connects to other issues, such as climate change. In other words, given the link between fossil fuels and our warming planet, should we even consider drilling for more oil?