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Systems Thinking Playbook Games

Linda Booth Sweeney, co-author of The Systems Thinking Playbook and The Climate Change Playbook shared ways to adapt short gaming exercises that illustrate the subtleties of systems thinking to a new online world. Participants shared their methods for bringing these games and others online.

Corporate consultants, K–12 teachers, non-profit leaders and university faculty have widely used the more than thirty games that are classified by these areas of learning: Systems Thinking, Mental Models, Team Learning, Shared Vision, and Personal Mastery. This seminar convened the community of ST Playbook users to share innovative ideas, best practices and questions.

About the Facilitator

Linda is a whole-systems learning pioneer, author and founder of Toggle Labs. Through Toggle Labs, she creates experiential learn/do opportunities to improve our ability to see, understand and work with interdependent systems. 

Linda works with a variety of organizations to supports systems change on complex issues such as climate change, food system resilience, childhood obesity, sectarian conflict and sustainable production/consumption and supply chains. She is currently leading 15 foundations through a three-year learning collaborative focused on Systems Understanding for Social Impact (SUSI). In addition to the Systems Thinking Playbook, (with Dennis Meadows), Linda is the author of Connected WisdomWhen a Butterfly Sneezesthe Climate Change Playbook and several award-winning children’s books. See (children’s) (systems). 

Special Guest Panelist

Dennis L. Meadows is Emeritus Professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he was Director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research. He co-authored the pioneering 1972 book The Limits to Growth, which analyzed the long-term consequences of unconstrained resource consumption driven by population and economic growth on a finite planet. Dr. Meadows co-founded The Balaton Group in 1982, an international network of researchers and practitioners in fields related to systems and sustainability, and co-authored updates to The Limits to Growth in 1992 and Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update in 2004.