Monthly Archives: March 2016

The origins of the systems approach

Churchman’s personal journey This post about the origins (and future!) of the systems approach is a bit complicated. You may prefer to get yourself intellectually geared up by first reading my previous post on the reasons why people don’t apply … Continue reading

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Some problems with the systems approach Why isn’t it applied more often? Simple explanations        I am convinced that the systems approach is a very good thing. Like many ‘believers’ it is hard for me to understand why so many people think … Continue reading

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The systems approach according to Churchman

The environmental fallacy and other notions The systems approach and its enemies      Too often human realities are ignored, with the result that planning efforts are sterile, unsatisfying, and irrelevant. In ‘The systems approach and its enemies’ (1979), Churchman draws on … Continue reading

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The hidden workings of Wicked Solutions

Getting to the bottom of one more wicked problem In a previous post I spoke of the The ‘hidden workings’ of the systems approach of Wicked Solutions. The strange thing is that the steps and stages involved in Wicked Solutions … Continue reading

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Global Systemic Agency

The Mother of All Wicked Snippets Taking Capra and Luisi’s “The Systems View of Life” (see also video) as a starting point, some thoughts are developed on how to address the world’s interrelated problems. Several pathways are suggested. One of … Continue reading

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