Monthly Archives: April 2018

Human teleology in Plessner’s philosophical anthropology

The double aspectivity of human eccentric positionality Philosophical anthropology          Why would a blog on systems thinking be concerned with philosophical anthropology? Because systems thinkers themselves claim that systems thinking, including systemic design, may be traced to the origin of man. … Continue reading

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Concept mapping the state of the world

The view of Van Kappen, former advisor of Kofi Annan Yesterday I listened to a 20-minute radio item about current threats to world peace or what is left of it. The show can be listened to online here (in Dutch, … Continue reading

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Soft operational analysis (OA)

Contrasting soft OA with Churchman’s systems approach It is not often that I come across a concept map in a systems book. In fact, in the more than six years that I have studied soft systems thinking, in particular Churchman’s … Continue reading

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The uncertainty triangle

I am currently reading the “Analyst-Oriented Volume: Code of Best Practice for ‘Soft’ Operational Analysis” of the “NATO Guide for Judgement-Based Operational Analysis in Defence Decision Making”, which was published in 2012 and is available here. The guide is the … Continue reading

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Elevator pitch for the systems approach

In our working lives and beyond we are increasingly faced with ill-structured complexities that defy conventional problem solving methods. Underlying assumptions, scope, purposes, patterns, mechanisms, and their relevance or significance must be critically examined and so should the identification of … Continue reading

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Meaningfulness as key systems dimension

Or how to fit humans in systems thinking fittingly There is a lot of talk about social systems design and human systems approaches in this blog, but the human dimension seems to be missing sometimes. While exploring the question of … Continue reading

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