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Mastering systems thinking in practice
Mastering systems thinking in practice

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Week 5: Understanding multiple perspectives

Introduction

So far in this course you have been asked to take new perspectives on complex situations but equally have noted how our traditions and experiences influence how we think and act. You will now revisit these aspects further by looking at situations where I am making sense of complex situations with other people rather than just making sense of it for my own benefit. If you are to be a systems practitioner then working with others is unavoidable, but as I also noted in Week 1 the ideas and practice of systems thinking may be unfamiliar and challenging for many people because of their own traditions and experiences influencing their own perspectives on situations they face.

Watch the following video which discusses what it means to experience systems practice.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain how to take multiple perspectives of a complex situation yourself and how to find out the perspectives of others involved in that complex situation.