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We Can Do Better Together

For most of my life I was really bitter about how badly human beings treat nature. At some point I came to understand that humans behave even more terribly toward one another, and that how we treat other forms of life is a reflection of human interpersonal dynamics. Once I became a student of a fairly hard-core spiritual path, I also began to see our beauty and, moreover, our potential. When I discovered systems thinking, I discovered a worldview and a body of knowledge that links our aspiration for social and ecological sustainability with our spiritual lives and aspirations.

Welcome to Systems Thinking Marin.

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

~ Ram Dass (which he misattributed to Einstein)

What is “systems thinking”?

If you find the phrase “systems thinking” confusing, you’re not alone. But if you are concerned about making the world a better place there is one message I would like you to learn from this website: systems thinking puts relationships first.

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.

“…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.

Interested in bringing this perspective to your work or organization? Contact us.

Also, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of 2030 are a top priority. This is because the Global Goals help others to think and strategize across organizations and sectors; to see the inter-relatedness of their work with the larger picture of society.

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

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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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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

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