Waters Center for Systems Thinking
What is systems thinking?
Systems thinking is an approach to problem solving and understanding the world. It includes the ability to...
- Analyze problems within broader contexts
- Consider multiple cause-and-effect relationships
- Understand that near-term actions have long-term consequences and possible side effects
- Conceptualize the nature of change over time
Practicing systems thinking habits can change the way you see the world and influence the actions or decisions you make.
The Waters Center for Systems Thinking has created a set of cards laying out 14 different habits of a systems thinker with key questions on their website. You can download the cards as a 1-page PDF document or check out the interactive card set which includes additional information on each of the habits and further questions to ponder.