Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think
Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think

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action learning

The process of undertaking the steps of planning, acting, observing and evaluating in order to understand and engage with a complex situation.


In the control model, the part of the system that can effect a change.


A method of understanding something by dividing it into parts and making sense of the parts.


The properties of a thing that identify and characterise it.


balancing feedback

Feedback that dampens change. Also referred to as ‘negative feedback’.


The line or region which distinguishes what is in a system from the wider environment around it.



The capacity of an element of a system to affect the wider system.


Modification of system structure and/or processes.


In the Shannon–Weaver model of communication – the medium or link through which a message is sent.


A situation which shows no predictable pattern of organisation and/or behaviour.

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