Systems Thinking is Considering Issues Holistically

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Systems Thinking is Considering Issues Holistically
Paul Tonks, Manager, United Kingdom

Systems Methodology can aid our analysis of organisations because its key assumption is to consider issues holistically. Rather than breaking a problem into manageable segments / elements, we accept that complexity exists and adjustments in one area may influence other elements (sometimes in ways we had not foreseen).
So for example when we're looking at an organisation we consider its environment (internal and external) and how the various stakeholders affect the organisation with a view to balancing the best needs of each party with the organisation's approach (easier said than done).
Likewise for example we can look at the organisation's operations, how they are managed and how they interact with other business functions.
Key attention areas of SM are communications, quality control and audit and feedback loops.

Dolva, Australia
Agreed and thank you Paul, this is also how we look at ecosystems. The way therefore to measure sustainability outcomes (different from outputs) would be to assess the results from changes to communications, qc, auditing and feedback loops.
The goals to reach are framed to achieve increased resilience while reducing negative impacts.
Paul - what do you see are some measurable sustainability outcomes?



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