The Habits of a Systems Thinker
The popularity and widespread use of the Habits of a Systems Thinker have been astounding. Because the Habits help explain systems thinking in practical and meaningful ways, they have become a valued resource for adults and children in many settings and contexts. For educators, the Habits help define and deepen the kinds of thinking described in 21st century skills and standards. And as schools prepare students for the future workplace, business leaders have shared that the Habits help develop the thinking capacities that are critical for current and future workforces.
During the last seven years, over 12,000 Habits of a Systems Thinker card sets have been sold and distributed throughout the world. With permission, the Habits have been translated into six different languages (Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Turkish), and have been included in print publications such as The Triple Focus by Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge and Mega-Thinking for 21st Century Success, Uniting Brain Science and Thinking Skills, by Mary Ferron.
Second Edition of The Habits of a Systems Thinker
We are thrilled to announce that a newly revised second edition of the Habits of a Systems Thinker is now available. Click here for the shop online page to purchase the second edition card sets and posters.
Based on customer and user feedback, the new edition of 14 Habits includes some new habits and images. In addition to two new habits and new images for two existing habits, we have combined two former habits into one that describes the importance of paying attention to consequences of actions (short and long-term and unintended consequences). See all 14 here:
Highlighting the Two New Habits
Pays attention to accumulations and their rates of change
Systems are made up of many elements including accumulations, i.e., amounts that can increase and decrease over time, and their rates of change. Accumulations can be physical materials or abstract concepts. A systems thinker may use a tool such as a stock and flow diagram or a system dynamics model to identify accumulations within a system and interdependent relationships among them. These representations of a system can help in communicating an understanding of the structure of a system and in identifying potential leverage for either increasing or decreasing a particular accumulation over time.
Makes meaningful connections within and between systems
A systems thinker intentionally makes connections in order to better understand the relationships in systems. Learning is achieved when new knowledge is integrated with current understanding. A systems thinker creates meaning by considering how new information connects to previous knowledge by adding, modifying, transferring, and synthesizing the information into a deeper understanding.
We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of a Habits of a Systems Thinker app for both Android and Apple devices. (Launch is projected for May 2015.) This resource will help increase and scale up the value and usability of the Habits of a Systems Thinker. Please stay tuned.