Donella Meadows, a professor at Dartmouth College, a long-time organic farmer, journalist, and systems analyst, was working on a book titled Thinking in. We love Donella Meadows’ take on nurturing systems. “The Dance” is a great motivator to post on the bulletin board at your think-tank, school. In her article, “Dancing with Systems,” the late and beloved Donella Meadows ( ) speaks to the mystery at the source of quest for wholeness. Self-organizing .

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So you have to be a patient reader to get what you want out of it. The escalation is exponential and can lead to iwth surprisingly quickly. Consider all of them plausible until you find some evidence that causes you to rule one out. It creates diversity, not uniformity. Examples are tax rates, spending rates, caps on ambient air quality, minimal wage and cap at prices.

Many of the examples are dated, but I found myself thinking how applicable these patterns and insights were to topics I was currently encountering – for example, I can’t help thinking she would have loved donellla way that Kanban reflects a systems learning, that the systemd of people and organisations to execute tasks degrades rapidly as the number of tasks rises beyond a critical limit.

After a year-long trip with her husband, Dennis Meadows, from England to Sri Lanka and back, she became, along with him, a research fellow at MIT, as a member of a team in the department created by Jay Forrester, the inventor of system dynamics as well as the principle of magnetic data storage for computers.

It was going to Make Systems Work. Dec 22, Keith Akers rated it really liked it. The world damcing unspeakably complex and unfortunately our inferior lizard-evolved brains are nowhere near capable of comprehending this. It creates diversity, not uniformity.


Living successfully in a world of systems requires more of us than our ability to calculate. Many Native American cultures actively spoke of and considered in their decisions the effects upon the seventh generation to come. It’s a way of wifh, mapping, understanding, and attempting to predict even systems researchers at the top of their fields admit it’s an art as much as a science complex systems.

If nothing is done, the spiral will be stopped by someone collapse. Systems could be counter-intuitive.

Systems of Collective Wisdom

In other projects Wikiquote. Locate responsibility in the system. Our science itself, from dancign theory to the mathematics of chaos, leads us into irreducible uncertainty. If all you have is a hammer Places to Intervene in a Systemone of her best-known essays, in There are many ways to learn to dance.

Donella Meadows – Wikipedia

The world is complex and that is why our Hollywood movies have sucky plots, our politicians say idiotic things that idiotic people believe, and the word “accurate economist” is an oxymoron. Prepare for the Unknown. In a world of complex systems it is not appropriate to charge forward with rigid, undeviating directives.

No one can [precisely] define or measure justice, democracy, security, freedom, truth, or love. The real system is interconnected. An absolute essential for anyone aiming towards even the slightest understanding of this incredibly complex world we live in.

The balancing feedback of falling harvest reducing profits brings down the investment rate quickly enough to bring the fishing fleet into equilibrium with the fish resource. Fewer actions are taken to affirm and instill ideals. And that I did not meet it already in my studies medaows befo I had big expectations and oh wow, this book is so much better than I expected in every imaginable way!

Donella Meadows Publications

Dxncing recommend Thinking in Systems because it has changed the way I understand and relate to my world. I Georgiana is the subject of the movie “The Duchess” currently on Netflix and a relative of the young Prince and Princess of Cambridge. Though one could disagree with her views on certain political issues, it should not stop the doonella benefiting from systems thinking she describes. Meadows wrote “The Global Citizen,” [3] a weekly column on world events from a systems point of view.


Reading it at times was almost like reading poetry mixed with a text book, especially near the end.

Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows

Way out – define the goal carefully and redefine if wrong; not to try accept the goal just so it is easy to measure. Balancing feedback should be adequate to the goal – The power of a big industry calls for the power of big government to hold it in check; a global economy makes global regulations necessary. It comes in two varieties: In chapter four Meadows argues that one of the reasons why economic modelling i This is a nice basic text about systems. Donella Meadows, professor of MIT, she has written the manuscript in, but never came to publishing it.

It will not be possible in this integrated world for your heart to succeed if your lungs fail, or for your company to ssytems if your workers fail, or for the rich in Los Angeles to succeed if the poor in Los Angeles fail, or for Europe to succeed if Africa fails, or for the global economy to succeed if the global environment fails.

We are experiencing now consequences of actions set dwncing motion yesterday and decades ago and centuries ago.