Taking a design turn

Jul 11, 2022

We are getting geeky this month into the world of systemic thinking.

Taking a design turn in relation to my own systems practice has raised my awareness when considering ‘what do you do when you do what you do’.  For the purpose of sharing, I have condensed my observations thus far into the following four categories;


  •         Language – the importance of language in the world that we live in, appreciating how language and metaphors shape our perception, thinking and actions. 


  •         Framing – my own ability to frame situations whilst appreciating that the frame is my perspective of the situation which needs to take into account other stakeholder perspectives.


  •         Critical reflection – regarding what I read, what people say, my own actions and other stakeholder actions within a situation.  Appreciating that my systems practice is open ended.  Constant learning, reflecting, adjusting and applying creates a learning cycle which in turn can create a learning environment.


  •         STiP – thinking about what I have learnt so far regarding systems thinking and practice. The different systems traditions; which ones that I can relate to and which I am going to take forward into my own tradition of systems practice. 

What else do you understand about systemic thinking? How much do you observe in your own context?



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