Systemic Thinking

Systemic Thinking (known, in non-academic circles, as Pattern Thinking) is a simple technique for making sense of challenging situations and developing simple interventions for transforming them.

It has its origins in the Theory of Contraints (TOC), The Theory of Inventive Thinking (TRIZ), Systems Thinking and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), but is evident in most cognitive science and systems science arenas.

Systemic Thinking's underlying discovery is the Fractal Phenomenon: challenging situations are driven by a single repeating interaction-pattern.  This discovery was first made by Gary Bartlett & Lynne Bartlett in 2000.

Systemic Thinking enables people to deliberately and systematically gain significantly deeper insights into challenging situations and complex domains by surfacing the interaction-patterns that underly, drive and govern them.  The human brain is a pattern recognition and application engine - Systemic Thinking merely provides a simple framework and process for turbo-charging the brain's natural capability to see patterns and use them to intervene effectively, at the pattern level.

Systemic (Pattern-level) Intervention enables ordinary people to deliberately and systematically improve any challenging situation dramatically.

Click here to find out why it's so challenging to improve challenging situations...

Click here to see the original Systemic Thinking paper presented at the International Conference on Thinking in 2001.

Click here to see/download a late draft of a March 2013 article on Systemic Thinking written for the TOC Community ("Echoes of TOC").

Click here to see/download Systemic TOC - Gary Bartlett's chapter in "Echoes of TOC" Volume II - April 2013.

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