Resources

Chan

Introduction

Ag Systems Intro

More Intro to Ag Systems

Working with Mental Models

Working with “the Iceberg”

Finding Root Causes

Ladder of Inference

How to find “structure”

Useful Mental Models

Changing Minds (or not)

Reframing

Don’t Think of an Elephant

Understanding Reframing

Using the “Upside Down Iceberg”

Power Point on Reframing Local Food

Lessons from Cognitive Science

Frames and Brains: going deeper

 Causal Loop Diagrams

Getting Started with CLD PowerPoint

Systems Thinking and Causal Loops

Fixes that Fail

From Causal Loops to System Dynamics

Intro to Causal Loops and System Dynamics

System Dynamics Model for Flowers (created by kids)

Causal Loops and Sustainability

The Commodity Systems Challenge

Industrial Agriculture: a slowly moving disaster

Mapping the Food System

 Perspective

The Tipping Point

Stories within Stories

Systems Thinking Quotes

More Systems Tools

Iceberg

Five Disciplines

Ladder of Inference

An example of the Ladder of Inference

Mental Models

Three Dimensions of the Great Turning

Five Whys

Moments of Awareness

Personal Mastery

Shared Vision

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Dancing with Systems

Networks

Interaction Institute for Social Change Resources

The Systems Thinker

The Next System Blog (Living Systems)

Karl North and Eco-intelligence

John Gerber’s Ag Systems Blogs

Ecological Tipping Point Lessons

Racial Justice and the Food System

Some Readings

and…

References

Principle References Used to Develop the Course:

  1. Capra, F. 1996. The Web of Life. Anchor Press.
  2. Krafel, P. 1999. Seeing Nature: Deliberate Encounters with the Visible World. Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Vermont.
  3. Meadows, D.H. 2008. Thinking in Systems. Chelsea Green Press
  4. Senge, P. et al. 1994. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization. Doubleday Publishing Group.
  5. Wilson, K. and G.E.B Morren Jr. 1990. Systems Approaches for Improvement in Agricultural and Resource Management. MacMillan Pub. Co.

Additional References Used to Develop the Course:

  1. Alexander, C., Ishikawa, S., and M. Silverstein. 1977. A Pattern Language. Oxford University Press.
  2. Anderson, V. and L. Johnson. 1997. Systems Thinking Basics: From Concepts to Causal Loops. Pegasus Communications.
  3. Bateson, G. 1972. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Chandler Publishing.
  4. Bohm, D. and D. Peat. 1987. Science, Order, and Creativity. Bantam Books
  5. Capra, F. 1984.  The Turning Point: Science, Society and the Rising Culture. Bantam. Press.
  6. Carroll, C.R., Vandermeer, J.H., and P. M. Rossett. 1990. Agroecology. McGraw-Hill Press.
  7. Edwards, C.A., Lal, R., Madden, P., Miller, R.H., and G. House. 1990. Sustainable Agriculture Systems. Soil and Water Conservation Society Press.
  8. Few, A.A. 1996. System Behavior and System Modeling. University Science Books.Holmgren, D. 2009. Future Scenarios. Chelsea Green Press.
  9. Holmgren, D. 2009. Future Scenarios. Chelsea Green Press.
  10. Lazlo, E. 2001. The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time. Hampton Press.
  11. Margulis, L. and D. Sagan. 1995. What is Life? University of California Press.
  12. Meadows, D.H. 2008. Thinking in Systems. Chelsea Green Press
  13. Varela, F. J. 1999. Ethical Know-How: Action, Wisdom and Cognition. Stanford University Press.
  14. Von Bertalanffy, L. 1968. General Systems Theory. Braziller Press
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