Register now for a free webinar with Linda Booth Sweeney, author of Connected Wisdom, on September 22nd at 8:00 am Central Time. Learn about Linda’s fascinating work using folktales from around the world to illustrate principles of systems thinking.
What does a polar bear in the Arctic have to do with the type of car you buy in China? This isn’t a riddle or SEED’s latest math puzzle…it’s a real question. The key to understanding this question is the science of systems thinking. This approach looks beyond separate parts to view things as a whole, whether it is a forest, a classroom, or the planet….“There is a lot of talk these days about how everything is connected to everything else,” explains Connected Wisdom author Linda Booth Sweeney. “Most of the time these connections are hard to see. Whether they’re found in nature, your body, your family, your school, or your city, these interconnected networks are called living systems. Living systems are all around us.”
In a Burmese folktale, for instance, a king spills a drop of honey on his windowsill, and thinks it is too little to bother cleaning up. When the drop attracts a fly, a lizard, a cat, a dog, and the owners of the cat and the dog, each armed with a stick, a civil war erupts. The king and the readers come to understand the living system of “nonlinearity,” in which an effect is disproportionate to its cause….