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Thinking in Systems A Primer

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ISBN-10: 1603580557

ISBN-13: 9781603580557

Edition: 2008

Authors: Diana Wright, Donella Meadows, 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

Donella Meadows, who died unexpectedly in 2001, was a systems analyst and adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and wrote the nationally syndicated newspaper column "The Global Citizen." Jorgen Randers is a policy analystis, professor and former President of the Norwegian School of Management. He is also the former Deputy Director General of WWF International. Randers lives in Oslo, Norway. Dennis Meadows is a professor of Systems Management and director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

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