Tag Archives: system thinking

How Do We Do It?

“If you don’t know something is possible, you can’t choose to do it.” – Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalism Talk alone is pointless. The best ideas in the world are meaningless unless acted upon. Something must be done. There’s an old proverb that says, “You must give your prayers legs.” Hoping and praying and wishing for a thing will accomplish very little unless you do something. You can pray to your god for years asking to win the lottery, but you have to buy a ticket to have any chance of winning. If we want a …

What if We Treated Land Differently?

“Solving the land question means the solving of all social questions.” – Leo Tolstoy Having studied sustainability for some 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to examine many so-called “intentional communities.” These are typically founded by groups of people that, for various reasons, decide to try and create their own community from houses, to land, to businesses. However, most are lacking a solid economic component (called the working environment). Having environmentally sound homes and surrounding yourself with people who love the earth as much as you do will only accomplish so much. In the end, it only serves to create …

Can We Design a Better System?

I believe a metamorphosis of human civilization is possible, but only if we understand that systemic problems require systemic solutions. Until then, we will never be able to overcome the numerous dysfunctions and failings of our world – a world we created haphazardly over time without the full understanding that it too is a system. “… a system has come to mean an integrated whole whose essential properties arise from the relationships between its parts, and ‘systems thinking’ the understating of a phenomenon within the context of a larger whole. This is, in fact, the root meaning of the word …