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Welcome to My First Systems Thinking Circular! 

I'll be publishing this four-five times a year to share new work (mine and others), new ways to make systems visible and more.  You're receiving this because you have in some way expressed interest in my writing, teaching or consulting. If you prefer not to receive future circulars, please click "unsubscribe" below.

I also have another circular called Children's Books and Other Fun Stuff  which is dedicated to sharing highlights from my children's books and children's media-related initiatives.  If you'd like to be on that mailing list, you can subscribe here

For now, I want to share some initiatives that get me up at 5 am, and give me hope. 
Whole Systems Learning for Young Leaders - a first video.
This short video is the result of a collaboration with David Macaulay (of "How Things Work"), the Donella Meadows Institute and the Knight Foundation.  The video makes up one third of an online learning initiative we're designing for young change-makers who want to understand and transform systems. How would you use this video? Feedback wanted! 

 
How do we raise a generation circular economy natives? In this session for the Ellen Macarthur Foundation's Disruptive Innovation Festival, I looked upstream to seven emerging trends in education, communication and cognitive science. The session is recorded so you can catch it online through the end of December. See more about systems + circular economy on my blog

 
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Bucky Fuller?  Here's your chance.  Join me in an online reading group hosted by The Buckminster Fuller Institute.   Our next session is: 

Tuesday January 19th | 6:00 - 7:30 PM ET
Register HERE
For more on Bucky as a systems thinker, see "Why Bucky, Why Now?"


 

On the "very cool!" front, learning about systems is now on PBS Learning Media!  With support from the Kendeda Foundation, I worked with the PBS team to put together a free, media-based resources to foster systems literacy.  The pilot collection is targeted to students ages 5-25, and their teachers. (The site had over a million registered users from 196 countries, including at the moment, 74% of the public schools in the United States!)  For a chuckle, you might enjoy these two-minute video (sort of Bill Nye the science guy, but with curly hair):
Intro to Systems
How to draw a causal loop 

Please share this with any educators and parents you may know. And I welcome your thoughts and feedback:  how would use this collection? how would you like to see it expand?   
 
That's it for now.  Next time, I'll be able to share news of The Climate Change Playbook (co-authored with Dennis Meadows and Gillian Martin-Mehers, and due out in Spring 2016), highlights from sustainable production/consumption work with Vanessa Timmer and One Earth and upcoming work combining geospatial literacy+system thinking+ design science with the wonder-team at WorldLink (Interactive Earth). 

Future newsletters will NOT be all about me, I promise. There is so much inspiring systems-infused work out there.  I just gave in, this one time. 

Wishing you all happy, healthy and peaceful holidays!


Linda
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