Ray C. Anderson Foundation Blog: Ecocentricity - June Part 2

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Blog: Ecocentricity - June Part 2

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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 9:00am

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Systems. Systems thinking, to be precise. I love it. Prepare for my inner nerd to be unleashed.
Actually, I wear my nerd on my sleeve at all times, but that is beside the point.
The point is systems. And the point was made best by Donella Meadows in her book "Thinking in Systems: A Primer." I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's like the pistachio ice cream of books - oddly appealing, complex but not too much so, delicious in a waffle cone. You get it. But don't lick the pages unless paper cuts are your thing.
My Principles of Sustainable Management class at Presidio Graduate School this spring began with our reading of "Thinking in Systems." I've read many books in my life that have challenged me, more that have educated me, and more still that have entertained me. This book did all of that. It also ordered my thoughts, offering a new lens through which to view the world, in a way that nearly no other book has done.
CATEGORY: Environment