System Dynamics

Thoughts on Thinking

Just what am I thinking about? Pretty much everything! But I find it interesting to think about thinking. How people go about solving problems and processing information is key to our "success" as humans. Thinking is what sets us apart from the rest of the animal world (although I believe I have evidence that our dogs ponder things - like toys and moving objects and our language).

My favorite author in this respect is Peter Senge. While he can be difficult to read from time to time, his view of the way concepts interact is right on in my view. His books start with the Fifth Discipline and the associated Fieldbook. Beyond that he recently authored the Dance of Change which I am still digesting.

I highly recommend the series.

Another group carrying the banner of systems thinking is Pegasus Communications. They offer an interesting periodic email newsletter called LeveragePoints.