Systems Thinking

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Systems Thinking

  1. 1. A brief introduction to... Systems @patkua Thinking
  2. 2. What is a system?
  3. 3. Parties
  4. 4. No, really, what is a system?
  5. 5. Set of agents Agent Agent AgentAgent Agent Agent
  6. 6. Set of agents Agent Interconnected Agent AgentAgent Agent Agent
  7. 7. Set of agents Agent Interconnected Agent Agent In a dynamic state AgentAgent Agent Agent Agent
  8. 8. What are common system “smells” ?
  9. 9. Boom to Bust
  10. 10. Unpredictable
  11. 11. Party Gone Bad Source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/24/love- parade-festival-tunnel-stampede/print
  12. 12. Small changes lead to large effects
  13. 13. But what is systems thinking?
  14. 14. Looking at systems holistically to better understand emergent behaviour
  15. 15. Cause è Effect(does not apply at a system level)
  16. 16. Systems thinkers seekfeedback loops
  17. 17. Agent Agent Agent AgentAgent Agent Agent Agent
  18. 18. Agent Agent Agent AgentAgent Agent Agent Agent
  19. 19. Agent Agent Agent AgentAgent Agent Agent Agent
  20. 20. 2 Types of Feedback Loops Amplifying DampeningSelf Reinforcing Decreasing Compounding Stabalising Increasing Runaway Balancing Self Maintaining Escalating Snowballing
  21. 21. Amplifiers
  22. 22. Finger Food Music Wii Drinks Kitchen Area
  23. 23. Dampeners
  24. 24. Public Transport (Lack of) Entertainment PeopleTime
  25. 25. Systems have delays
  26. 26. A Simple System (or is it?)
  27. 27. Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  28. 28. Good Food Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  29. 29. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  30. 30. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  31. 31. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  32. 32. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  33. 33. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories Burnt Weight
  34. 34. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories BurntMood Weight
  35. 35. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories BurntMood Weight
  36. 36. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories BurntMood Weight
  37. 37. Good Food Junk Food Calories In Calories BurntMood Weight
  38. 38. Systems are morecomplex than we think
  39. 39. Learn More
  40. 40. Photo Creditshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/chubbybat/2152420550/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/tojosan/4035682047/sizes/o/http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock/4931419824/sizes/l/http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsayfotos/3410067771/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/hunty66/390350345/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/5449162588/sizes/o/
  41. 41. Shared under the Creative Commons licencehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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