Thrive by 5: Foundation Workshop Full Notes - page 18

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Systems ThinkingMetaphors
Two systems thinkingmetaphorswere sharedwith the
group
1.
Sea ShoreMetaphor
Event
– visible thing that is objective; physical event;
people know it happened
Patterns
– something that repeats in a consistent
way; if you really observe carefully the nuanceof the
patternbecomes apparent
Structure
– policy, laws, economics, etc
Boundaries
–Need todrawboundaries/lines around
the thing you’re trying to understand
Thismetaphor is not talking about causality; just that all
these things exist at the same time and are all related (in
a complex system)
BalconyQuestion: Is there an element wherewe add
flows?Wheredowe talk about the energy in the
system?
2.
IcebergModel
– used to illustrate that 10%of ‘the
system’ is above the surface;most systems have a
part that is visible and a largepart that is hidden
Events
– visible to everyone
Patterns
– events that repeat, they are less visible,
not cause-and-effect, keenobserverswill see the
patterns
Structures
– policy or rules, which canbeexplicit
or implicit, obvious to some stakeholders and
completely hidden toothers
MentalModels
– deeply heldbeliefs and values; as
we learn about the system, honor that these exist; we
need toput themon the table and thenworkwith
them
We are trying to lower thewaterlineon theECD system.
NOT create an environment wheregroup think occurs,
just trying tomake asmuchof the system as visible as
possible.
Innovation ismore likely tooccur whenwe recombine
the insights and ideas that stakeholders have about
the system.
Using systems thinking helps us collectively understand
the current reality of the systemwe are trying to change
– there is no right or wrong.
At this point, participantsworked in small groups to
identify the events, patterns, structures andmental
models that have shaped theECD system inCalgary
over time (individual post-it noteswill be typedup and
distributed).
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