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Systems Thinking and COVID-19

How does systems thinking help us understand the COVID-19 crisis? What are the implications of a systems view for responding more effectively to this crisis

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Our Work Is Connected – But We’re Not

Our recent work with nonprofit service providers committed to reducing poverty has uncovered a concern shared by many of them across a wide range of communities, “Although our work is connected, we’re not connected to each other.” This blog post describes the costs incurred by all stakeholders when nonprofit service providers fail to collaborate, uses systems thinking to explain why collaboration is so difficult despite the shared aspirations held by many of these providers, and identifies four strategies for enabling providers to increase their individual and collective impact while leveraging limited resources.

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Learning to Manage Complexity – 4 Tools

This post builds on the previous one, “Learning to Manage Complexity – 5 Strategies” by introducing four tools for managing complexity: negotiate SMART agreements; clarify multiple roles; manage communication channels wisely – meetings and email; and break down priorities into manageable time frames. 

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The Challenge of Digesting Complexity

Learn why nonprofit organizations with great aspirations and an appetite for tackling complex issues frequently find it difficult to manage or digest the complexity they seek to embrace.

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Applied Systems Thinking: A Self-Study Guide

Many people ask how they can further their learning about applied systems thinking. Depending on your experience so far, here are some recommended pathways. They include: books, articles, online courses, online videos and podcasts, and project-based coaching.

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