Resources

A collection of resources for leaders poised for sustainable change.

Books

David’s and Marilyn’s books focus on leading systems change and reducing the chaos which comes from trying to do too much. Together they have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.

Articles

Overcoming the Systemic Challenges of Wealth Inequality in the U.S.
David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners White Paper, February 2020)
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Systems Thinking for Social Change: Introduction and Telling Systems Stories
Book Excerpt by David Peter Stroh (The Mobius Strip, June 2016)
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Systems Thinking for Social Change: Making an Explicit Choice
Book Excerpt by David Peter Stroh (Reflections: The Society for Organization Learning Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2015)
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A Systems Approach to Increasing the Impact of Grantmaking
David Peter Stroh and Kathleen Zurcher (Reflections: The Society for Organizational Learning Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2012)
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The System Dynamics of Identity-Based Conflict
David Peter Stroh (The Non-Linearity of Peace Processes, D. Korppen, N. Ropers, H.J. Giessmann (eds.), Barbara Budrich Publishers: Farmington Hills, MI, 2011)
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Leveraging Grantmaking – Part 2: Aligning Programmatic Approaches with Complex System Dynamics
David Peter Stroh and Kathleen Zurcher (The Foundation Review, Winter 2010)
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Leveraging Grantmaking – Part 1: Understanding the Dynamics of Complex Social Systems
David Peter Stroh (The Foundation Review, Fall 2009)
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A Systems View of the Economic Crisis
David Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 20, No. 1, Feb. 2009)
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A Systemic Approach to Ending Homelessness
David Peter Stroh and Michael Goodman (Applied Systems Thinking Journal, Oct. 2007)
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Facilitating Re-entry of Formerly Incarcerated People: A Systemic Approach
David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners White Paper, 2008)
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A Systemic View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
David Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 13, No.5, June/July 2002)
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The Case for System-wide Learning
Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, Dec. 1997/Jan. 1998)
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Mastering the Archetypes of Social Change
Peter Stroh (OD Network Conference Proceedings, October 1994)
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The Rich Get Richer, And The Poor…
Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, March 1992)
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Is Moving Too Fast Slowing You Down? – How to Prevent Overload from Undermining Your Organization’s Performance
David Peter Stroh and Marilyn Paul (Reflections: The Society for Organizational Learning Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, Summer 2013)
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Managing Your Time as a Municipal Leader
David Peter Stroh (Nation’s Cities Weekly, October 19, 2009)
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Managing Your Time as a Leader
Marilyn Paul and David Peter Stroh (Reflections: The Society for Organizational Learning Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter 2006)
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Stepping Off the Treadmill
Marilyn Paul and David Peter Stroh (Fieldnotes: A Newsletter of the Shambala Institute, March 2004)
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Getting Organized from the Inside Out
Marilyn Paul (Leverage, No. 24, Pegasus Communications, Inc., December 28, 1998)
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The Learning Family
Marilyn Paul and Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 10, No. 6, August 1999)
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A New Paradigm for Developing Organizations
Charles Kiefer and Peter Stroh (Transforming Work, John Adams, ed., Miles River Press, Arlington, VA, 1998, 1984)
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Sustainable Development: The Next Generation of Business Opportunity
Peter Stroh (Prism, Fourth Quarter 1998; co-authors Gilbert Hedstrom and Stephen Poltorzycki)
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Using Practice Fields as Tools for Organizational Transformation
Marilyn Paul (Culture Shift: A Leader’s Guide to Managing in Health Care, American Hospital Publishing, Inc., 1998; co-authors Gregg, R.; Carter, J.; and Bolster, C.)
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Moving From Blame to Accountability
Marilyn Paul (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1997)
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Developing the Multicultural Learning Organization
Marilyn Paul and Sara Schley (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 5, No. 8, 1994)
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Learning to Thrive on Paradox
Peter Stroh and Wynne Miller (Training & Development, September 1994)
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Purposeful Consulting
Peter Stroh (Organizational Dynamics, Autumn 1987)
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Re-Vision
Peter Stroh (OD Practitioner, September 1986)
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Sustaining Success in Fast Growth Companies
Peter Stroh and Charles Kiefer (San Jose Business Journal, April 2, 1984)
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Exposing the Hidden Benefits of Business as Usual: Why the Status Quo Is So Difficult to Change
David Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 23, No. 10, December 2012/January 2013)
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Acting and Thinking Systemically
David Peter Stroh and Kathleen Zurcher (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 23, No. 6, August 2012)
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Leveraging Change: The Power of Systems Thinking in Action
Peter Stroh (Reflections: The Society of Organizational Learning Journal, Winter, 2000; reprinted in Organisational Learning for All Seasons, Prem Kumar, ed., National Community Leadership Institute, Singapore, 2003)
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Conflicting Goals: Structural Tension at Its Worst
Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, Vol. 11, No. 7, September 2000)
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The Systems Orientation: From Curiosity to Courage
Peter Stroh (The Systems Thinker, November 1994; reprinted in The Systems Thinker, Vol. 21, No. 8, October 2011)
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Building the Foundation for Change
David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners White Paper,  2008)
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Conducting an Effective Systems Analysis
David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners White Paper, 2007)
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Defining Variables in a Systems Analysis
David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners White Paper, 2007)
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Identifying and Breaking Vicious Cycles
David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners White Paper, 2007)
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Videos

Council on Foundations Keynote
An 8-part series by Bridgeway Partners (:05 segments)

Systems Thinking for Social Change
Social Impact Exchange plenary with intro by Fay Hanleybrown (:55)

Systems Thinking for Collaboration
Graphic Video (:02)

Webinars & Online Courses

Achieve More by Doing Less Webinar on reducing individual and organizational overload with David Peter Stroh and Marilyn Paul presented at Conscious Business World Summit Watch Webinar (40 minutes, free)
Systems Thinking Concepts 6-part series with David Peter Stroh and Michael Goodman introducing the principles and basic tools of systems thinking Purchase Webinar Series (9 hours, $249 USD)
Systems Thinking Practice A follow-up 6-part webinar series with David Peter Stroh and Michael Goodman on how to apply systems thinking concepts Purchase Webinar Series (6 hours, $249 USD)
Applying Systems Thinking and Common Archetypes An online interactive self-paced course developed by Michael Goodman and Sherry Immediato. This course enables you to work with the tools introduced in Systems Thinking Concepts Purchase Course (40 hours, $199 USD)

Podcasts

Systems Thinking and Managing Complexity with David Stroh
Conversation Between David Peter Stroh and David Daniels (1:15, October 2019)
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Book Summary – Systems Thinking for Social Change
David Peter Stroh (0:45)
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Business of Giving
David Peter Stroh, Author of Systems Thinking for Social Change, Joins Denver Frederick (0:32, July 2017)
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Entrepreneurial Leadership/Followership – Theology Class Conversation
David Peter Stroh (1:05)
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