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A system is an interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in a way that achieves something.

Thinking in Systems

If you look at that definition closely for a minute, you can see that a system must consist of three kinds of things: elements, interconnections, and a function or purpose.

Thinking in Systems

  • A system is more than the sum of its parts.
  • Many of the interconnections in systems operate through the flow of information.
  • The least obvious part of the system, its function or purpose, is often the most crucial determinant of the system’s behavior.
  • System structure is the source of system behavior. System behavior reveals itself as a series of events over time.

Thinking in Systems

most of the challenges that really matter involve systems, for example, energy and global warming; water, food, and population; and health and social justice.

A Systems Literacy Manifesto

1. Elsewhere

1.1. In my garden

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1.2. In the Agora

1.3. Mentions

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