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  1. Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results
    Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results
    Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results
    Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results
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  2. Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

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Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation.

How do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? By applying conventional thinking to complex social problems, we often perpetuate the very problems we try so hard to solve, but it is possible to think differently, and get different results.

Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand what systems thinking is and why it is so important in their work. It also gives concrete guidance on how to incorporate systems thinking in problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning without becoming a technical expert.

Systems thinking leader David Stroh walks readers through techniques he has used to help people improve their efforts to end homelessness, improve public health, strengthen education, design a system for early childhood development, protect child welfare, develop rural economies, facilitate the reentry of formerly incarcerated people into society, resolve identity-based conflicts, and more. 

The result is a highly readable, effective guide to understanding systems and using that knowledge to get the results you want.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
David Peter Stroh
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9781603585804
ISBN
160358580X
Label
Chelsea Green Publishing
Manufacturer
Chelsea Green Publishing
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
264
PublicationDate
2015-10-16
Publisher
Chelsea Green Publishing
Studio
Chelsea Green Publishing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

At last a very readable and PRACTICAL book on systems thinking! This is a book meant to remove the mystery about how do you actually apply the tools and frameworks of the field of systems thinking (much popularized by Peter Senge in his best selling book The Fifth Discipline) to real world problems. We learn not just what tools like causal loop diagramming and systems archetypes are but how do you go about actually putting them to work. In particular the author walks us carefully through a wealth of confounding social issues facing us (homelessness, early-childhood development, environmental public health, criminal justice, etc) and shows us how you can actually develop deep & rich insights into these highly complex problems with these and other systems tools. The author offers us an understandable four stage change framework for working with non-profit organizations and multi-stakeholders and teams to shift thinking (a.k.a mental models) and bring about sustainable change utilizing... Read more
I enjoyed reading this book for a number of reasons.

First, it is easy to follow. David Peter Stroh includes definitions of terms in plain English so I can understand difficult systems terms like structures, archetypes, and balancing and reinforcing loops. He also often provides three different levels of explanation for concepts - a brief overview, a contextual explanation, and a more detailed example. This works well for my learning style because I need to understand the theory and the practice in order to apply these ideas to my own work.

Second, the book is filled with case stories. These examples underscore the value of systems thinking, for instance, by identifying unintended consequences of change efforts that don't consider the whole system or by pointing out counter intuitive ways to shift a system. I also like Stroh's idea of helping people see how they contribute to the status quo and how they can change their behaviors to contribute to innovative... Read more
David Peter Stroh is truly one of the gurus in applying systems thinking to real life situations in all sectors of society. He has been doing so for over 30 years. This book is highly practical and accessible, not always the case in the field. As readers, we get the benefit of David's rich experience in applying systems thinking to find practical solutions that take into account the dynamics of complex systems, in this case to promote social change. This is a fresh and vital book that, in my mind, is added to the short list of vital publications in systems thinking.
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