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Systems practice : how to act in a climate change world

Author: R L Ison; Open University.
Publisher: London ; New York : Springer ; Milton Keynes, U.K. : In association with the Open University, 2010.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R L Ison; Open University.
ISBN: 9781849961240 1849961247
OCLC Number: 503649419
Description: xvi, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction and Rationale Managing in a Climate That We Are Changing What Do We Do When We Do What We Do? Living in Language Failure to Institutionalise Managing in a Co-evolutionary World Introducing Systems Practice Systems Thinking or Thinking Systemically Systems Thinking as a Social Dynamic Exemplifying Systems Thinking as a Social Dynamic Different Systems Lineages System or Situation? Making Choices About Situations and Systems Choices that Can Be Made OU Systems Course Definition of Systems Systems Practice as Process Practitioner, Framework, Method, Situation Bringing Forth Systems of Interest Systems Practice [-] an 'Ideal Type' Juggler: A Way to Understand Systems Practice Introduction of the Juggler Example of Systems Practice as Juggling Reflecting on Reflections Juggling the B-Ball: Being a Systems Practitioner Accepting Different Explanations Being Aware of the Constraints and Possibilities of the Observer Understanding Understanding and Knowing Knowing Living Within a Network of Conversations Thinking and Acting Based on Our Tradition of Understanding Learning and Effective Action Being Ethical Constraints and Possibilities Associated with Our 'Being' Technology as Mediator of Our Being Role of Social Technologies Example of Juggling the B-Ball Juggling the E-Ball: Engaging with Situations Naming Our Experiences Naming Situations as 'Wicked Problems' Naming Experiences in Similar Ways Trap of Reification Our Inescapable Relational Dynamic with 'Our World' Making Distinctions and Living with Them Reflecting on the Practice of Practice Some Implications Arising from Neologising and Reifying Exemplifying Juggling the E-Ball Interpreting the Reading Juggling the C-Ball: Contextualising Systems Approaches What Is It to Contextualise? What Are Systems Approaches? Purposeful and Purposive Behaviour Appreciating the Place and Role of Learning and Knowing Juggling the C-Ball by Exploring Purpose Tools, Techniques, Method and Methodology Contextualising Practice to a Situation Example of Juggling the C-Ball Responses to the Four Organising Questions Implications for Practice Juggling the M-Ball: Managing Overall Performance in a Situation Perspectives on Managing Transforming the Underlying Emotions of Managing Managing with Systemic Awareness Skill Sets for Managing Systemically Clarifying Purposefulness in Managing Managing for Emergence and Self-Organisation Case Study: Aspects of Juggling the M-Ball Four Settings That Constrain Systems Practice Juggling Practice and Context Managing Systemic Failure [-] the Travesty of Targets Consequences of Living in a Projectified World Project Management Governance and the 'Project State' Making Choices About Framing a Situation Breaking Down an Apartheid of the Emotions Example of Emotionally Aware Systemic Practice Generating a Choreography of the Emotions Systemic Inquiry Clarifying What Systemic Inquiry Could Be Opportunity for Systemic Inquiry Basic Process of Systemic Inquiry Example of Setting Up a Systemic Inquiry Contracting a Systemic Inquiry Interpreting Our Contract Enacting Our Systemic Inquiry Changing Understandings Can Change Practices Can Change Understandings Other Evidence 'Institutionalising' Systemic Inquiry Systemic Inquiry and the 'Design Turn' Systemic Action Research Changing Your Situation for the Better Nature of the Social World First-Order Research Tradition Creating a Second-Order Research Tradition What Makes Action Research Systemic? Doing Systemic Action Research Enhancing Action Research with Systems Thinking and Practice Systemic Intervention Systems Practice in the National Health Service (UK) Systemic Intervention Other Possibilities for Contextualising Systems Practice Valuing Systems Practice Emergence of Value Perspectives on Valuing Appreciating Some of the History of Valuing Authenticity and Accountability in Conversations Valuing Being Systemic Doing Systems Committing to Action (Praxis) Evaluation Framework for Doing Systems Framework for Capability Building in Systems Acting in a Climate of Hope in a Climate-Changing World Valuing in a Context of Hope Opportunities to be Cultivated
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The development of our ability as individuals or groups to think and act systematically is an urgent priority. This book details how to do systems thinking and how to translate that thinking into  Read more...


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