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    DescriptionIn the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth--the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet-- Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Meadows' newly released manuscript, Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life. Some of the biggest problems facing the world--war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation--are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.


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    Title
    Thinking in Systems
    Subtitle
    a Primer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donella Meadows, Edited by Diana Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781603580557
    ISBN 10: 1603580557
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27850
    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    BIC subject category V2: KCM
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: RNU
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: GPFC
    BISAC V2.8: BUS072000
    Abridged Dewey: 003
    DC22: 003
    BISAC V2.8: SCI064000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: QA402 .M425 2008
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, diagrams, index, bibliography
    Publisher
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    03 December 2008
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Review quote
    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review-Just before her death, scientist, farmer and leading environmentalist Meadows (1941-2001) completed an updated, 30th anniversary edition of her influential 1972 environmental call to action, Limits to Growth, as well as a draft of this book, in which she explains the methodology-systems analysis-she used in her ground-breaking work, and how it can be implemented for large-scale and individual problem solving. With humorous and commonplace examples for difficult concepts such as a `reinforcing feedback loop,` (the more one brother pushes, the more the other brother pushes back), negative feedback (as in thermostats), accounting for delayed response (like in maintaining store inventory), Meadows leads readers through the increasingly complex ways that feedback loops operate to create self-organizing systems, in nature (`from viruses to redwood trees`) and human endeavor. Further, Meadows explicates methods for fixing systems that have gone haywire (`The world's leaders are correctly fixated on economic growth ...but they're pushing with all their might in the wrong direction`). An invaluable companion piece to Limits to Growth, this is also a useful standalone overview of systems-based problem solving, `a simple book about a complex world` graced by the wisdom of a profound thinker committed to `shaping a better future.