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Brysen, When I think of conservation as "medicine" I wonder whether that metaphor - which is fundamentally organismic, or focused on the health of the individual as a singular being - is an adequate metaphor for a world where the parts are NOT integrated as they are in a body, but are power-laden, perspectival, conflict-ridden, and where different stakeholders draw the boundaries around the system in different ways. What do you think?
For our last Systems class, our plan is: Fill out our course evaluations. They are electronic, so please bring a laptop, tablet, or phone with you, as well as your campus login and password. Blog groups to discuss this week’s reading and reflect on what we’ve learned this term, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
Welcome back from break! This week, we are fortunate to have as our guest practitioner Jennie Curtis, who is the founding executive director of the Garfield Foundation, a private grant making foundation. The Garfield Foundation funds innovative models for change in three program areas that are dear to our hearts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
This week our guest practitioner is Chris Allan, who has thirty years’ experience in community development and environmental protection around the world, and whose focus is building international networks to address wicked problems. He has a professional Masters Degree in Social Change and Development from the Johns Hopkins University School... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
I like to think of our Systems class as building in complexity over time – starting from simple, intuitive foundations (the habit-forming guide), and layering the three systems perspectives and associated analytical techniques on top of that. The last four weeks we saw how these ideas come alive in systems... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
Our guest practitioner this week is John Thomas, an expert in systems management, especially the resilience of complex built systems, such as we find in all of our specialization areas - including water and energy infrastructure, transportation, food, and more. I append his bio below. John has prepared the following... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
Last week we explored the possibilities of greening capitalism through a variety of system analytic tools, including sustainability assessments and value chain indices. This week we take a systems perspective on how to improve the capitalism much further. First, we consider a range of critiques of market-based capitalism and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
This week’s readings on private-sector system thinking light up across the board of the systems analytical approaches we’ve examined so far this term, so I thought I’d run down my thinking about how it all fits together in some detail. Here goes… The article on wicked problems in business puts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
The two readings for next week are a study in contrasts - one, an article from the New York Times on the devastating impact of Chinese fishing fleets on the fisheries and fishing livelihoods of Senegal, and the other a summary of the Nobel Prize winning research on how to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Brugo's Blog Systems 2017
Pick a cool tool to demo on this page and then comment below that you've reserved it! Bruce Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at TricksOfTheTrade
Brian, You captured the class very well - I almost want to use that as an outline in the syllabus! ;-) What I'd ask a bit more in future reflections is your interpretation of what we said, how it relates to your experience and perspective, what your take-aways are, that kind of thing. Reflections are kind of open-ended and impressionistic, and useful as a way to crystalize the classroom experience. Bruce
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2015 on 01.14.15 Reflections at Average Joes Gym