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User Review  - jonerthon - LibraryThing

My Practical Guide to Something of the quarter. This is also an older title, and was written before the internet was as ubiquitous, but still holds up as a way to understand how big, wicked systems ... Read full review

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User Review  - CassandraT - LibraryThing

Donella Meadows's expertise and experience is a strength of this book. There are a number of inspiring examples. However, as I am already familiar with system dynamics, the book was really ... Read full review

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It's not an easy book to get into; neither to read all to the end. The first few chapters are particularly technical. What helps though are the concrete examples given all along the way.
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for "Thinking in Systems" is that it makes you realise that systems are literally everywhere: companies, transport, state aid, offices, forests, financial, ecological, social, you name it. And the author makes it very clear that changing a system not only is complicated, counter intuitive and potentially dangerous but also transforming if done right. Big 'if' though.
If ever you wondered what the word 'complex' truly means; Thinking in Systems is a book worth going for.
 


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