Megan Seibert, Systems Thinking and How It Can Help Build a Sustainable World: A Beginning Conversation, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3, July 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/systems-thinking-can-help-build-sustainable-world-beginning-conversation/) Abstract: “For some, the development of systems thinking is crucial for the survival of humanity.” – John Sterman   “The light begins to twinkle from the rocks: The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulysses   Let’s start at the very beginning. What is a system? [caption id="attachment_8660" align="alignleft" width="408"][/caption] A system is a set of things interacting in a way that produces something greater than the sum of its parts. Systems can range in complexity. Compare, for instance, a car, which is relatively easy to understand and even diagnose when something goes wrong, to a tropical rainforest, which contains so many living and nonliving components that we’re only just beginning to understand how they work. All systems have a function or purpose that is brought about by the very nature of how the system … Topics: Technology