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Thinking in Systems A Primer

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ISBN-10: 1603580557

ISBN-13: 9781603580557

Edition: 2008

Authors: Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright, Donella Meadows

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In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller,Limits to Growththe first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Meadows newly released manuscript,Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institutes Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 12/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

Trained as a biophysicist, American scientist Donella H. Meadows earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Early in her career, Meadows was a member of a joint Harvard-MIT research group that developed a computer simulation model clarifying relationships between growth and finite resources on the earth. Using this model, the Club of Rome sponsored extensive research that resulted in the best-selling book, "The Limits to Growth" (1972), co-authored by Meadows and others. Attention was focused on a doomsday prognosis if growth continued unchecked. Meadows and her associates, however, presented options for achieving a sustainable society if there were a movement away from dependence on growth,…    

A Note from the Author
A Note from the Editor
Introduction: The Systems Lens
System Structures and Behavior
The Basics
A Brief Visit to the Systems Zoo
Systems and Us
Why Systems Work So Well
Why Systems Surprise Us
System Traps ... and Opportunities
Creating Change-in Systems and in Our Philosophy
Leverage Points-Places to Intervene in a System
Living in a World of Systems
Appendix
System Definitions: A Glossary
Summary of Systems Principles
Springing the System Traps
Places to Intervene in a System
Guidelines for Living in a World of Systems
Model Equations
Notes
Bibliography of Systems Resources
Editor's Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index