All tagged Systems Thinking
At no other time in history have we been surrounded by so much information. But what effects does this have on what we know and how we act? Have we entered the age of the information paradox, where the more we have the less we know? Christopher Roosen explores.
As a society, what we choose to put at the centre of our worldview matters more than we realise. Whether it’s the Earth, the Sun, technology, money, or anything else. Each of these viewpoints brings with it other impacts and gives us permission to subconsciously act a certain way. Christopher Roosen explores.
Organisational paperwork is bureaucracy brought to life. It becomes the physical representation of an organisational fear of change and risk. It might seem harmless, but it actually is a significant constraint on innovation. Christopher Roosen explores.
Planned obsolescence, the process of intentionally designing things to fall out of fashion, function or repair makes a fundamental assumption of infinite resources that can be converted to things. But ecosystems are not infinite. So the onus is on all of us to make better choices. Those of us who make things and those of us who buy them.
We are building technology that zombifies us. Unsettlingly similar to how a fungus can zombify an ant. Yet fungus is part of a set of checks and balances that keeps ecosystems balanced. Our mass zombification by our devices doesn’t balance anything. It captures attention in mass, for the benefit of a few.
There are many social and environmental challenges we face that are realtively easy to visualise. Things like crowding, poverty and drought. Strangely, it’s the small things that are often the biggest problem. Especially when there is a lot of them.
We love stories. However, some problems only make sense when we look at them as an interconnected set of realtionships. This is the lens of systems thinking. Putting storytelling and systems thinking together is a potent combination, especially when dealing with complex issues like climate change.