Category Archives: Systems Thinking

Central Banks Eye Infrastructure Spending

(Reuters) While markets wait for Janet Yellen’s latest message about the direction of monetary policy, the Federal Reserve chief and her colleagues already have one for politicians: the U.S. economy needs more public spending to shift into higher gear.

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Pope Francis calls for sweeping action on environment

New York Times: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.

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The End of Work

Zero Hedge: Many activists are clamoring for a higher minimum wage. That’s an admirable goal, but is that where the worst problem is? Even at the abysmally low wages of the present moment, we still have 938,000 people being turned away from McDonald’s because there aren’t enough McJobs. The real problem is the lack of meaningful work.In a world of machines and social alienation, meaningful work is as scarce as water in the drought-stricken California Central Valley.

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And now for a little good news…

NASA scientists working on a project called EmDrive have accidentally stumbled upon something that will send science fiction junkies into a frenzy. The possibility of a real-life warp drive…

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Overconsumption, Overpopulation in Pictures

How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people.

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New NASA Study: Civilization Can’t Sustain Current Path

Civilization was pretty great while it lasted, wasn’t it? Too bad it’s not going to for much longer. According to a new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, we only have a few decades left before everything we know and hold dear collapses.

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The Future of Propaganda

In 2009, Sean Gourley, an Oxford-trained physicist, gave a TED talk called “The Mathematics of War.” Gourley had been working with the Pentagon, the United Nations and the Iraqi Government to help them better understand the nature of the insurgency in Iraq, and in his presentation he announced something fairly striking: After analyzing the location, timing, death toll and weapons used in thousands of deadly incidents around the country, he and his small team had discovered that the violence actually had a consistent footprint. In other words, you could develop an equation that would predict the likelihood of an attack of a certain size happening at a certain time.

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How To Develop Systems Thinkers

How do NASA’s systems engineers develop the skills they need to think effectively about the complex systems they develop? How do people outside formal systems-engineering roles improve their ability to see connections across subsystem and organizational boundaries? What can NASA management do to facilitate the development of systems thinkers in its workforce? A collaboration between NASA and a university research group addressed these challenging questions.

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Systems Thinking in the Public Sector

A brief and pithy explanation of the differences between System Thinking and a ‘Top Down’ approach to developing solutions.

From ‘The Systems Thinking Review’.

Systems Thinking is a profoundly different way of seeing the world that is diametrically opposed to command and control, reductionist approaches to management.

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