Recommended readings in systems thinking for facilitators of the Work That Reconnects.
Participants in the September 2017 seminar “Systems Thinking and the Work That Reconnects” with Joanna Macy and Molly Brown are encouraged to read as much of this material as possible in advance of the seminar. [Apologies for the poor reproductions. Obtain books if possible–you’ll want them in your library.]
Systems 1: An Introduction to Systems Thinking, by Draper Kauffman, Jr. Available for download or online reading here: https://www.academia.edu/3317732/Systems_one_An_introduction_to_systems_thinking
“Self-Realization: An Ecological Approach to Being in the World” by Arne Naess. From Seed, Macy, Fleming & Naess, Thinking Like a Mountain. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B25_Ne3KAfuCaE5Ea1EyQ0xtaXc
Part Two of A Systems View of the World, by Ervin Laszlo, 1972. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B25_Ne3KAfuCVjhHR3BsSGcyUEE
Chapter 1 from Systems, Structure, and Experience, by Ervin Laszlo, 1969. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B25_Ne3KAfuCX3VzMGFfYlhtNXM
[If you can find the original book, that will be easier to read.]
pp. 3-7 from The Global Brain, by Peter Russell.
“The Next Level of Systems Thinking—Non-Linear, Complex Dynamical Systems” by Jim Brown (revised slightly). https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eZnJl8F1TeoIaoPVk64K-dmgasRUgCXRq1FpK42DAGY/edit?usp=sharing
Margaret Wheatly and Deborah Frieze, “Lifecycle of Emergence: Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale.” from Kosmos, Spring/Summer 2015. Includes sidebar by Elisabet Sahtouris listing “Principles of Healthy Living Systems.” (Molly posting this without Joanna’s okay because she’s busy in France.) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B25_Ne3KAfuCWFU2aFVWOEdsQnc/view?usp=sharing
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