Soil with plant roots and points of light From the soil... Silhouette of a forest with vertical light rays in the night sky ...to the skies... City with network of lights and vertical rays overlay ...systems speak. We listen.

Women in Systems Thinking – Online Speaker Series Beginning March 15, 2022

We Can Do Better, Together

Systems thinking is about relationships: relationships between people, between people and the planet, between abstract principles, etc.

On April 14, 2020, Time Magazine published an article by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In it he says, “This pandemic serves as a warning that only by coming together with a coordinated, global response will we meet the unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.”

“Coming together” is another way of saying “building high-functioning relationships.” Systems thinking is a worldview and a toolbox that fosters compassion and this “coordinated, global response,” rather than finger-pointing and complicated strategic plans worked out by the brainy people at the top who are too often isolated from the reality on the ground.

To learn more, take the 30-minute Systems Thinking Mini-Course.

Welcome to Systems Thinking Marin.

Felicia Chavez with blue wall and bright light

Systems Thinking

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking we used to create them.”

~ Ram Dass (which he misattributed to Einstein)


The Prime Directive of Permaculture: “The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.”

~ Bill Mollison pg 13


“Our task must be…widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~Albert Einstein

Examples of Systems Doing

  • Permaculture
  • Restorative Justice
  • Educating Girls

Examples of Systems Being

  • Direct experience of interconnectedness

Systems Thinking, Doing, and Being are not exclusive categories. Rather, this framing is a way to help us to see three different modalities when it comes to making the world a better place: the experiences that impart a sense of our interconnected reality, the mental frameworks to enable our best thinking, and the already-existing practices that help us link this interconnected worldview with our actions in the world.

Systems Thinking Mini-Course

“…nature sustains life by creating and nurturing communities. Sustainability is not an individual property but a property of an entire web of relationships.”

The Systems View of Life, Capra and Luisi, page 355

What does Systems Thinking Marin do?

In short, Systems Thinking Marin promotes systems thinking, in Marin. That is, Felicia attends lots of meetings, communicates with Marin-based people, and provides online content to encourage others to turn to this worldview for solutions.

In that most people have not heard of systems thinking, nor the Global Goals, Felicia has a lot of work to do.

Contact us.

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How can I get involved?

The Systems Thinking Mini-Course is the place to start. Also, sign up for the newsletter using the form to the right.

Donations of time and money are the core ingredients of this nonprofit project. Contact me directly with any questions or ideas. (By the way, visit the Ecosystem Philanthropy page if you are interested in how the world of philanthropy is trying to reinvent itself.)

Whether you are a seasoned systems thinker (in which case you’re a rare bird and I’d very much love to hear from you) or someone new to this worldview, if you live in Marin County you probably know that we can do better. Together.

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