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12 Jan, 8 tweets, 3 min read
My favorite books on systems thinking.
Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows
A simple and clear introduction. My favorite chapters are 4, 5, 6 & 7. And also the first three chapters. Okay, that's the entire book.
Systems Thinking For Social Change by @davidpeterstroh
Written for practitioners, based on Stroh's long experience working with organisations trying to solve tough problems. Has great examples. There's much to learn from the way he tells systems stories.
The Fifth Discipline by Peter M Senge
Systems thinking in the context of learning organisations. It came out when I was still in college. Was a big hit then, and as relevant today as it was 20+ years ago.
The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by Peter M. Senge
Insiders tell the stories of how their organisations applied systems thinking and other principles from The Fifth Discipline.
The Systems View of Life by Fritjof Capra & Pier Luigi Luisi
The Big Picture of systems thinking - connecting science, ecology, consciousness, society & spirituality. I attended @capracourse simultaneously, which greatly enriched the reading experience.
Business Dynamics by John Sterman
A text book by an MIT prof, and so, unlike the other books in this list, quickly gets into math, modeling etc. (Beyond me). Ideal way to read this book: Pick an idea, and use online resources to get deeper.
Bulletproof Problem Solving by Charles Conn & Robert McLean
Written by two McKinsey consultants it's about using a structured approach to problem solving. Some problems involve high uncertainty & are wicked, needing a systems approach. Check out Cs 8 & 9

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"Would have been wonderful"

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