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Boundaries: The Food Example

Identifying boundaries and setting them in moving forward with modeling and planning is a critical step in systems thinking practice so much so that it may be time to consider seeing boundaries as a core skill or competency for work in complex systems.

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Amazing Stuff: December 14th Edition

Looking for awesome things, the latest in zombie attack science, solving the food shortage using Twitter, drinking tap water instead of bottles, or how little art pictures can help stimuate new thinking? Then this issue of Amazing Stuff has something for you.

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Amazing Stuff: November 14th Edition

What we eat, how we produce the food we eat, whether our healthcare is environmentally sustainable, and how mobile technologies can help connect teens to health and filmmakers to audiences is all part of this week’s edition of Amazing Stuff.

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Amazing Stuff

What does microphotography, walking to school, leadership, social health care and the real value of locavores on the environment and economy have in common? Not much, but they were among the top 5 most interesting things I read this week.

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The Launch of Amazing Stuff

There are lots of amazing ideas on the Internet. Here are five that I found particularly interesting this week.

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The Food Bank Model of Education and the Tyranny of Resiliency

Resiliency enables us to bounce back from adversity, but like an elastic band too much stretching can lead to breakdown. Food banks, once a stop-gap for food security are now a model for education. Are we stretching a little too far?

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Cohesion vs. Diversity

Systems function well at the ‘edge of chaos’. In social systems that means balancing diversity with cohesion, but there are aspects to both that are troubling and may be highly incompatible. Can we have both or do we have to sacrifice one for the other?

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Asking the Right Question / Adding to the Organics Debate

Is asking whether organics are healthier than conventional food the wrong question — and why the questions we ask shape the knowledge we have

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The Organic – Health debate

Focusing on nutrients in the organic-health debate is missing the point on the benefits to the environment and social determinants of health of organics.

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