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What is Systems Thinking?

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Systems Thinking is a new way of thinking, seeing and acting with the goal to achieve positive change with regard to the world's biggest challenges (SDGs)

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Does Systems Thinking follow reductionism or holism?

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Systems thinking takes the best of both approaches by "splumping", it sees both as complimentary approaches; need to understand both the parts as well as the whole

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What is the relevance for business of the SDGs?

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- Businesses are dependent on natural ecosystems and can in turn influence them positively or negatively.
(Self-interest in restoring the natural environment)

- SDGs can serve as business opportunities (e.g. develop sustainable transportation, carsharing, housing..)
- Businesses need to support equality in their offerings (e.g. make products inclusive for all; data bias in AI)


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What is needed for addressing systemic/wicked problems?

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- a shift in perspective

- new ways to think, see and act

- reconceptualizing the problem by breaking through established habits/patterns/assumptions that no longer fit
- novel ways of organizing, new mindset, innovation 


--> We need Systems Thinking!

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What are the Sustainable Development Goals that address wicked problems?

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  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace Justice and strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals
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What does it mean that the SDGs are universal?


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In contrast to the MDGs which were mainly directed at developing countries, the SDGs apply to all countries.
Still each goal is implemented differently in the different countries (e.g. healthy food: some might abolish hunger, others promote a healthy diet)

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What does the parabel of the elephant tell us?

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We need to look both at the parts (tail, ears, trunk) as well as the whole and think of what other systems our system might be embedded in (elephant as a part of an ecosystem).
Also, our own perspective play a role! We as observers are biased! How we set the boundary is very subjective

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What is the difference between systematic and systemic?

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Systematic is the HOW: a thourough step-by-step approach
Systemic is the WHAT: a systemic issue is a result of a system that’s not functioning as it should, beneficial to some but harmful to others

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What is systems change / systems innovation?

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- Go beyond isolated parts/singular interventions, not only addressing symptoms of a problem but the underlying complexity

- Often no simple fixes or “one-size fits all” solutions, need to acknowledge the interconnectedness of the world

- Changing the interaction between parts by creating new connections

- Good systemic solutions may appear counter-intuitive

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Why is the Toyota Production System a system intervention?

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Because it changes the relationships between the parts.

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Why do we need the Cynefin Framework?

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To identify the level of complexity to find adequate solutions!
--> find an approach that fits the level of complexity!
--> there is no "one-size fits all" solution
--> Action needs to be aligned with the complexity level of the system you’re dealing with

 





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What are examples (cautionary tales), where a well-meant solution made things even worse? (unintended side-effects)

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Prohibition was meant to tackle alcoholism but created organized crime which is now a much bigger problem

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Q:

What is Systems Thinking?

A:

Systems Thinking is a new way of thinking, seeing and acting with the goal to achieve positive change with regard to the world's biggest challenges (SDGs)

Q:

Does Systems Thinking follow reductionism or holism?

A:

Systems thinking takes the best of both approaches by "splumping", it sees both as complimentary approaches; need to understand both the parts as well as the whole

Q:

What is the relevance for business of the SDGs?

A:

- Businesses are dependent on natural ecosystems and can in turn influence them positively or negatively.
(Self-interest in restoring the natural environment)

- SDGs can serve as business opportunities (e.g. develop sustainable transportation, carsharing, housing..)
- Businesses need to support equality in their offerings (e.g. make products inclusive for all; data bias in AI)


Q:

What is needed for addressing systemic/wicked problems?

A:

- a shift in perspective

- new ways to think, see and act

- reconceptualizing the problem by breaking through established habits/patterns/assumptions that no longer fit
- novel ways of organizing, new mindset, innovation 


--> We need Systems Thinking!

Q:

What are the Sustainable Development Goals that address wicked problems?

A:
  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace Justice and strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals
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What does it mean that the SDGs are universal?


A:

In contrast to the MDGs which were mainly directed at developing countries, the SDGs apply to all countries.
Still each goal is implemented differently in the different countries (e.g. healthy food: some might abolish hunger, others promote a healthy diet)

Q:

What does the parabel of the elephant tell us?

A:

We need to look both at the parts (tail, ears, trunk) as well as the whole and think of what other systems our system might be embedded in (elephant as a part of an ecosystem).
Also, our own perspective play a role! We as observers are biased! How we set the boundary is very subjective

Q:

What is the difference between systematic and systemic?

A:

Systematic is the HOW: a thourough step-by-step approach
Systemic is the WHAT: a systemic issue is a result of a system that’s not functioning as it should, beneficial to some but harmful to others

Q:

What is systems change / systems innovation?

A:

- Go beyond isolated parts/singular interventions, not only addressing symptoms of a problem but the underlying complexity

- Often no simple fixes or “one-size fits all” solutions, need to acknowledge the interconnectedness of the world

- Changing the interaction between parts by creating new connections

- Good systemic solutions may appear counter-intuitive

Q:

Why is the Toyota Production System a system intervention?

A:

Because it changes the relationships between the parts.

Q:

Why do we need the Cynefin Framework?

A:

To identify the level of complexity to find adequate solutions!
--> find an approach that fits the level of complexity!
--> there is no "one-size fits all" solution
--> Action needs to be aligned with the complexity level of the system you’re dealing with

 





Q:

What are examples (cautionary tales), where a well-meant solution made things even worse? (unintended side-effects)

A:

Prohibition was meant to tackle alcoholism but created organized crime which is now a much bigger problem

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