“Connected Wisdom”: Thinking Like a System

Elise Miller, MEd

The other evening, my six-year-old son and I were listening to Connected Wisdom, a new award-winning CD of stories and parables from ancient and modern cultures around the world, collected by Linda Booth Sweeney and told engagingly by Courtney Campbell. Each story is a reminder that humanity is simply one part of an incomprehensively complex, yet exquisitely expressed system. As we listened, I reflected on the myriad structures in our society that seem to be so at odds with this understanding that all life is irrevocably interdependent and interconnected. I wondered when and how did we stop ‘thinking like a system’?

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