People often ask me how to learn more about systems thinking. The Systems Thinking in Action conference is one excellent way; you can learn more and also interact with some of the leading experts in the field. This year, the conference will be held in Boston from November 13-15.
I have been to the conference several times and have always found both the learning and the networking valuable.
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Links to Sites Related to Systems Thinking
The System Dynamics Society http://www.systemdynamics.org
The homepage of the System Dynamics Society, including a history of system dynamics, a brief description of its tools and applications, information about the annual system dynamics conference, and information on the System Dynamics Review, a refereed journal.
The Learning Org Discussion Pages http://www.learning-org.com
The home of the Learning-Org list, which has over 2000 members on several continents.
Older messages are archived by thread, date, and subject.
Mental Model Musings http://www.systems-thinking.org/index.htm
This has a large amount of information on the history, development, and principles of systems thinking. There are also additional links to other systems thinking-related issues, such as the different systemic situations that appear frequently across disciplines, called "Archetypes."
The MIT System Dynamics Group http://web.mit.edu/sdg/www/
In addition to information about the MIT System Dynamics Group and its publications, this page has links to the System Dynamics in Education Project, and other resources about system dynamics-based computer models.
The Principia Cybernetica Web http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/cybsysth.html
The Principia Cybernetica Web site includes a section on cybernetics &;systems theory. As the Principia Cybernetica Project uses it, "systems theory" is the result of the investigation into general principles of systems. As such, systems science is closely related to, but not identical with, systems thinking and system dynamics.
Bibliography of the works of Chris Argyris http://www.actionscience.com/argbib.htm
One of the best-known writers on learning in organizations and the organizational defensive routines that prevent it. He wrote several of the classic works on impediments to learning, including Overcoming Organizational Defensive Routines, Knowledge for Action, and several articles he wrote for the Harvard Business Review (for example, "Teaching Smart People How to Learn").
Some notes from the keynotes at the 1995 Systems Thinking in Action conference http://world.std.com/~lo/95.10/0082.html
The Systems Thinking in Action conference, presented by Pegasus Communications, is the largest systems thinking conference. This link includes notes on the keynote addresses at the 1995 conference.