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Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate-Change World

Ison, Raymond (2010). Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate-Change World. Springer.

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Abstract

It is now accepted that humans are changing the climate of the Earth and this is the most compelling amongst a long litany of reasons as to why, collectively, we have to change our ways of thinking and acting. Most people now recognise that we have to be capable of adapting quickly as new and uncertain circumstances emerge: this capability will need to exist at personal, group, community, regional, national and international levels, all at the same time.

Systems Practice is structured into four parts. Part I introduces the societal need to move towards a more systemic and adaptive governance against the backdrop of human-induced climate change. Part II unpacks what is involved in systems practice by means of a juggler metaphor; examining situations where systems thinking offers useful understanding and opportunities for change. Part III identifies the main factors that constrain the uptake of systems practice and makes the case for innovation in practice by means of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and systemic intervention. The book concludes with Part IV, which critically examines how systems practice is, or might be, utilised at different levels from the personal to the societal.

The development of our capabilities to think and act systemically is an urgent priority and Systems Practice aims to show how to do systems thinking and translate that thinking into praxis (theory informed practical action) which will be welcomed by those managing in situations of complexity and uncertainty across all domains of professional and personal concern.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Open University
ISBN: 1-84996-124-7, 978-1-84996-124-0
Extra Information: Two sample chapters (1 & 9) attached.
Keywords: action research; corporate social responsibility; managing systemic change; managing complexity; praxiology; strategic risk management; systemic inquiry; systems practice
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 22901
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2010 09:48
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2014 23:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22901
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