Ancient Systems Thinkers, 2550 Years and Counting

At least since 570-550 BCE, twenty years that saw the birth of Pythagoras, Siddhārtha Gautama, Lao-Tsu, and Kong Qiu, there have been many great observers of humanity, who have named a reality that has had a major influence on society for hundreds to thousands of years.  These philosophers were all great systems thinkers, asking the big […]

How to SCALE 1.0 — Strategic Clarity to Accelerate Large-system Evolution

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.  The challenge is always there.  Our experience tells us that our current reality is not working.  It is not achieving the outcomes our deeper values tell us it should.  While we know that, in some way or another, we have agreed to the system that we have today, it is hard to see […]

What Happens When We “Go It Alone” In Complex Systems?

While the need to collaborate seems obvious to many of us who play in the multi-stakeholder, complex-systems space, most people still do not–even many of the “systems thinkers” I have met.  Some say that collaboration is just too hard, while others say that they collaborate, when they don’t.  What they say might sound like collaboration, […]

What People Mean By “We Are Systems Thinkers”

I have been meeting lots of people lately who talk about being “systems thinkers.”  As a person who has played in the field of system dynamics and systems thinking for two dozen years, I get excited when people self-describe as playing in the same space.  To me “systems thinking” refers to classical definitions of a […]

Guest post — Ecosynomic Forum on Large System Change and Sustainability

Guest post by Prof. Dr. Martin Welp, Chair of Socioeconomics and Communication, University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde, Head of the International Master Study Programme Global Change Management, and Christoph Hinske is Vibrancy European Lead Steward and Contributing Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Clarity. The 1st Eberswalde Ecosynomics Forum on April 2, 2015 focused on large system […]

A Transformational Journey within a Corporate Ecosystem

Membrillo Jimenez, A. and A.C. Gonçalves, Transformational Journey within a Corporate “Ecosystem”. 2014, Institute for Strategic Clarity: Amherst, MA. In this case study, Annabel and Ana Claudia describe the experience of taking a group in a global financial services company on a transformational journey to the experience of a higher level of harmonic vibrancy, through the […]

Breaking Down Functional Blinders: A Systemic View of the Organizational Map

Past-cast Series — Seeing relevance in earlier publications Ritchie-Dunham, James, and Annabel Membrillo. 1999. Breaking Down Functional Blinders: A Systemic View of the Organizational Map, The Systems Thinker, 10(10). A manager of a capital equipment manufacturer once said, “We never realized how strong our functional blinders were. We get so into our own part of the business, we don’t even realize […]

A Collaborative-Systemic Strategy Addressing the Dynamics of Poverty in Guatemala: Converting Seeming Impossibilities into Strategic Probabilities

Past-cast Series — Seeing relevance in earlier publications Ritchie-Dunham, James L. 2008. A Collaborative-Systemic Strategy Addressing the Dynamics of Poverty in Guatemala: Converting Seeming Impossibilities into Strategic Probabilities. In Alleviating Poverty through Business Strategy, edited by C. Wankel. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. There is a growing realization that business development is the most effective weapon in fighting […]

A Simulation Exercise to Illustrate the Impact of an Enterprise System on a Service Supply Chain

Past-cast Series — Seeing relevance in earlier publications Ritchie-Dunham, James L., Douglas J. Morrice, Edward G. Anderson, Jr., and James S. Dyer. 2007. A Simulation Exercise to Illustrate the Impact of an Enterprise System on a Service Supply Chain, INFORMS Transactions on Education, 7(3). In this paper, we present a computer-based simulation exercise designed to help students […]

Reconciling Local and Global Goals: A Systemic View of the Organizational Map

Past-cast Series — Seeing relevance in earlier publications Ritchie-Dunham, James, and Annabel Membrillo. 2000. Reconciling Local and Global Goals: A Systemic View of the Organizational Map, The Systems Thinker, 11(2). In the first article in this series (V10N10), we used Jay Forrester’s Market Growth Model as a case study for introducing the Systemic View of the Organizational Map (SVOM) process. […]