From systems thinking to systemic knowing

An invitation to join me for the 2022 edition of our Systems Library

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Comparing Critical Systems Thinking with Immersive Systemic Knowing (image kindly shared by Raghav Rajagopalan)

“Your book is an important contribution. It certainly is for me. It crosses my path at a very propitious moment. In one of my Medium pieces I reflected on my development path as a systems practitioner. I described it as a movement from ‘thinking’ to ‘tinkering’ to ‘being’. Not a rigidly staged process, but a progressive enrichment from a skill to a disposition.

In the past days, in the light of my reading of your book, I have been reflecting more on this path of maturation. Your book is going to help me to penetrate much deeper, and with more confidence, into the landscape beyond systems. Before it crossed my path, my ideas about ’systems being’ resembled a nomads’ tent camp, a makeshift, very precarious constellation of dwellings fluttering in the wind. Now there is a full-fledged city, in which I can walk around, enjoying admiringly the spacious piazzas, the broad boulevards with their fascinating vistas on the territory beyond, the distinctive quarters of craftspeople that feel and sound differently as I cross from one neighbourhood into the other. It will take a while until I will know every nook and cranny of this new city. But all in all I feel secure in navigating it. The place makes sense, and it feels very hospitable. Where I will settle down, I don’t know. What I will feel when I look out of the ramparts, I don’t know. But I’m really happy to have discovered this place. Thank you for building it, Raghav.”

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Facilitator @ shiftN ⎹ Post-disciplinary researcher @ Newrope, ETH Zürich ⎹ How to create spaces were life is able to unfold, and is experienced as life?

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Philippe Vandenbroeck

Facilitator @ shiftN ⎹ Post-disciplinary researcher @ Newrope, ETH Zürich ⎹ How to create spaces were life is able to unfold, and is experienced as life?