Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate Change World

By Ray Ison

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The development of our ability as individuals or groups to think and act systematically is an urgent priority. This book details how to do systems thinking and how to translate that thinking into action, especially in regards to the problem of climate change.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-8499-6124-0
  • 356 Pages
  • User Level: Students
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $89.95
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It is now accepted that humans are changing the climate of the Earth and this is the most compelling amongst a long litany of reasons as to why, collectively, we have to change our ways of thinking and acting. Most people now recognise that we have to be capable of adapting quickly as new and uncertain circumstances emerge: this capability will need to exist at personal, group, community, regional, national and international levels, all at the same time. Systems Practice is structured into four parts. Part I introduces the societal need to move towards a more systemic and adaptive governance against the backdrop of human-induced climate change. Part II unpacks what is involved in systems practice by means of a juggler metaphor; examining situations where systems thinking offers useful understanding and opportunities for change. Part III identifies the main factors that constrain the uptake of systems practice and makes the case for innovation in practice by means of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and systemic intervention. The book concludes with Part IV, which critically examines how systems practice is, or might be, utilised at different levels from the personal to the societal. The development of our capabilities to think and act systemically is an urgent priority and Systems Practice aims to show how to do systems thinking and translate that thinking into praxis (theory informed practical action) which will be welcomed by those managing in situations of complexity and uncertainty across all domains of professional and personal concern.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Part I Thinking and Acting Differently.
  2. 1. Introduction and Rationale.
  3. Part II Systems Practice as Juggling.
  4. 2. Introducing Systems Practice.
  5. 3. Making Choices About Situations and Systems.
  6. 4. The Juggler – A Way to Understand Systems Practice.
  7. 5. Juggling the B
  8. ball – Being a Systems Practitioner.
  9. 6. Juggling the E
  10. ball – Engaging with Situations.
  11. 7. Juggling the C
  12. ball – Contextualizing Systems Approaches.
  13. 8. Juggling the M
  14. ball – Managing Overall Performance in a Situation.
  15. Part III Systemic Practices.
  16. 9. Four Settings that Constrain Systems Practice.
  17. 10. Systemic Inquiry.
  18. 11. Systemic Action Research.
  19. 12. Systemic Intervention.
  20. Part IV Valuing Systems Practice in a Climate
  21. change World.
  22. 13. Valuing Systems Practice.
  23. Index
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