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The Systems Thinking Playbook: Exercises to Stretch and Build Learning and Systems Thinking Capabilities [Hardcover]

Linda Booth Sweeney Ed.D. , Dennis Meadows
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April 30, 2010 1603582584 978-1603582582 Har/DVD

This book has become a favorite of K–12 teachers, university faculty, and corporate consultants. It provides short gaming exercises that illustrate the subtleties of systems thinking. The companion DVD shows the authors introducing and running each of the thirty games.

The thirty games are classified by these areas of learning: Systems Thinking, Mental Models, Team Learning, Shared Vision, and Personal Mastery. Each description clearly explains when, how, and why the game is useful. There are explicit instructions for debriefing each exercise as well as a list of all required materials. A summary matrix has been added for a quick glance at all thirty games. When you are in a hurry to find just the right initiative for some part of your course, the matrix will help you find it.

Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows both have many years of experience in teaching complex concepts. This book reflects their insights. Every game works well and provokes a deep variety of new insights about paradigms, system boundaries, causal-loop diagrams, reference modes, and leverage points. Each of the thirty exercises here was tested and refined many times until it became a reliable source of learning. Some of the games are adapted from classics of the outdoor education field. Others are completely new. But all of them complement readings and lectures to help participants understand intuitively the principles of systems thinking.


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About the Author

Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed. D., is a researcher and writer dedicated to making the principles of systems thinking and sustainability accessible to children and others. She has worked with Outward Bound, Sloan School of M.I.T., and Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, or SEED. She is the author of The Systems Thinking Playbook; When a Butterfly Sneezes: A guide for helping children explore interconnections in our world through favorite stories; Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems and numerous academic journals and newsletters. Sweeney lives outside Boston, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.lindaboothsweeney.net.





Dennis Meadows is Emeritus Professor of Systems Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire, where he was also Director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research. In 2009 he received the Japan Prize for his contributions to world peace and sustainable development. He has authored ten books and numerous educational games, which have been translated into more than 15 languages for use around the world. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from MIT, where he previously served on the faculty, and has received four honorary doctorates for his contributions to environmental education.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Har/DVD edition (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603582584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603582582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of activities January 4, 2011
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Systems Thinking is a complicated topic. This book includes great group exercises, that in the hands of a good facilitator, will enable people to grasp the concepts. It includes a DVD of people doing many of the exercises so you can get a feel ahead of time as to how things operate. Great resource.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good resource November 14, 2013
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Another good resource for working with groups. We've used it a bit and had some good success with the exercises.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quite too simple October 3, 2013
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I assumed that the book should be more cognitive, containing some fine principles, but there were none. There is no glue to be seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for all OD professionals November 18, 2012
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I was referred to this book by peers and I agree with them, it's a must have for any organizational development professional. Well worth the money spent.
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