Linda Booth Sweeney

As a systems educator and award-winning author, Linda works with people of all ages to develop systems literacy, or a deeper understanding of living systems. In much of her work, Linda translates complex systems theory into accessible materials and programs for innovation in organizations, schools, museums, public television and communities.

Combining complex systems theory + systems mapping + story telling, Linda also works with organizations to move beyond bullet points and matrices, to language and visuals that more closely match the interdependent, dynamic, complex reality of their work.

Thinking About Systems

Living systems are everywhere. These systems – elements and processes interacting to form a whole – shape us and surround us. When we look closely, we see living systems on all scales, from the smallest plankton, to our own body, to the planet as a whole. When we understand what constitutes a living system, we also see that our watersheds, families, communities, organizations, and nations are all living systems.

To “think about systems” means we pay attention to interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics as well as to the parts. The field of systems thinking has evolved over the past 50 years as a set of methods and tools that focus on systems – rather than fragments – as the context for defining and solving complex problems, and for fostering more effective learning and design. At its best, the practice of systems thinking helps us to stop operating from crisis to crisis, and to think in a less fragmented, more integrated way. More

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"When is the atmosphere like a bathtub?"

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A new book of games that teach us to seek systems-based solutions to climate change

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Down-to-Earth Introductions to Systems Thinking: A Few Favorites

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Events and News

New Release: The Climate Change Playbook

Systems Thinking Games for More Effective Communication about Climate Change - Coming in April 2016

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Living In Systems Video Short

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WHEN THE WIND BLOWS: New Educator/Parent Guide

This classroom guide, designed for K-3 students, offers activities to help teachers integrate When the Wind Blows into various curricula. And systems thinking and Biomimcry as well!

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Award-Winning Connected Wisdom book now on KINDLE

Connected Wisdom CD (for ages 4-10) available through Chelsea Green

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