Why Systems Thinking?
Why systems thinking? Because lasting, impactful change occurs when we understand a system fully — what’s happening, what’s working, what isn’t — and when we have the tools to change the system to produce desired results.
“I credit my success and dynamic perspective of the world to systems thinking and my ability to create a plan, identify challenges, implement changes and most importantly, harness a drive to deliver beneficial results. In short, I have built my life around always trying to do the right thing and deliver benefits.”
- James Waters, Founder and Former CEO of Waters Corporation and Founder of the Waters Foundation
Habits of a Systems Thinker™
“I have found the Habits cards to be one of my main 'go-to' tools when facilitating and teaching. One of the best things about the cards are the questions on the back, as they invite deeper thinking and support dialogue. I keep a set of Habits cards close at hand as a personal reminder to develop and internalize the Habits in myself!”
- Mary Bouley, Educator and Facilitator
Benefits of Systems Thinking
“When I use the language of the Habits and tools with students, it makes me more excited in my teaching because I start hearing kids who are questioning other students’ assumptions in very diplomatic, very grounded ways and conversations rooted in evidence and curiosity emerge.”
- Elementary School Teacher, Portland, Oregon