Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide

Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation. How do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? By applying conventional thinking to complex social problems, we often perpetuate the very problems we try so hard to solve, but it is possible to think differently, and get different results. Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand what systems thinking is and why it is so important in their work. It also gives concrete guidance on how to incorporate systems thinking in problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning without becoming a technical expert. Systems thinking leader David Stroh walks readers through techniques he has used to help people improve their efforts to end homelessness, improve public health, strengthen education, desig...

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Social Systems (Writing Science)

Social Systems (Writing

A major challenge confronting contemporary theory is to overcome its fixation on written narratives and the culture of print. In this presentation of a general theory of systems, Germany's most prominent and controversial social thinker sets out a contribution to sociology that reworks our understanding of meaning and communication. Luhmann concedes that there is no longer a binding representation of society within society, but refuses to describe this situation as a loss of legitimation or a crisis of representation. Instead, he proposes that we search for new ways of coping with the enforced selectivity that marks any self-description under the conditions of functionally differentiated modern society. For Luhmann, the end of metanarratives does not mean the end of theory, but a challenge to theory, an invitation to open itself to theoretical developments in a number of disciplines that, for quite some time, have been successfully working with cybernetic models that no longer require the fiction of the external observer. Social Systems provides the foundation for a theory of modern society that would be congruent with this new understanding of the world. One of the most important contributions to social theory of recent decades, it has implications for many disciplines beyond so...

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  • ASIN: 0804726256

The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System

The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison

When most people think of prison gangs, they think of chaotic bands of violent, racist thugs. Few people think of gangs as sophisticated organizations (often with elaborate written constitutions) that regulate the prison black market, adjudicate conflicts, and strategically balance the competing demands of inmates, gang members, and correctional officers. Yet as David Skarbek argues, gangs form to create order among outlaws, producing alternative governance institutions to facilitate illegal activity. He uses economics to explore the secret world of the convict culture, inmate hierarchy, and prison gang politics, and to explain why prison gangs form, how formal institutions affect them, and why they have a powerful influence over crime even beyond prison walls. The ramifications of his findings extend far beyond the seemingly irrational and often tragic society of captives. They also illuminate how social and political order can emerge in conditions where the traditional institutions of governance do not exist.

  • Brand: Oxford University Press USA
  • ASIN: 0199328501
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Bachelors Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System: ASWB Test Practice Questions & Review for the Association of Social Work Boards Exam (Cards)

Bachelors Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System: ASWB

***Ace the Bachelors Social Work Exam and Get the Results You Deserve*** The Bachelors Social Work Exam is a challenging test and your results can make a huge difference when it comes to your future. If you do well on the exam, it can open doors and lead to wonderful opportunities. If you do poorly on the exam, you will find yourself with a lot fewer options. You may have to put your plans for the future on hold, or even give up on them altogether. Preparing for your exam with our Bachelors Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System can help you avoid this fate and give you a big advantage when you sit down to take the test. Thousands of satisfied customers have relied on Mometrix Flashcards to help them pass their exam, and now you can too. When you study with these flashcards, you'll get an in-depth review of each section on the Bachelors Social Work Exam. The Human Development and Behavior section covers: Psychoanalytic Theory Freud's Theory Psychosexual Development The Issues of Diversity section covers: Cultural Competence Prejudice and Discrimination Understanding The Assessment in Social Work Practice section covers: Assessment Methods Abuse Evaluation Delirium vs. Dementia The Direct and Indirect Practice section covers: Treatment Plan Psychoanalytic Approach Beh...

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Policy Practice and Digital Science: Integrating Complex Systems, Social Simulation and Public Administration in Policy Research (Public Administration and Information Technology)

Policy Practice and Digital Science: Integrating Complex Systems,

The explosive growth in data, computational power, and social media creates new opportunities for innovating the processes and solutions of Information and communications technology (ICT) based policy-making and research. To take advantage of these developments in the digital world, new approaches, concepts, instruments and methods are needed to navigate the societal and computational complexity. This requires extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of public administration, policy analyses, information systems, complex systems and computer science. This book provides the foundation for this new interdisciplinary field, in which various traditional disciplines are blending. Both policy makers, executors and those in charge of policy implementations acknowledge that ICT is becoming more important and is changing the policy-making process, resulting in a next generation policy-making based on ICT support. Web 2.0 and even Web 3.0 point to the specific applications of social networks, semantically enriched and linked data, whereas policy-making has also to do with the use of the vast amount of data, predictions and forecasts, and improving the outcomes of policy-making, which is confronted with an increasing complexity and uncertainty of the outcomes. The field of policy-making is c...

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Learn To Think in Systems: Use System Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions

Learn To Think in Systems: Use System Archetypes

Would you like to have better solutions to your problems? Struggling to understand why things went wrong when you did everything right? Learn to Think in Systems can help you with these problems. Systems surround us and we might not even be aware of it. Your household is a system. The bakery on the corner is a system. Your class at school, your department at work, and your weekend soccer team made of wholehearted dads is a system too. You are a vital part of more complex systems like your country, the economy, or the world; learn about their changing nature, and find optimal solutions to problems related to them. The world is more connected than ever thanks to innovations like telephone, television, computers, and internet. The way we sense reality changed significantly. Using conventional thinking to understand the world as it functions today is not enough. We need to know the elements of systems thinking to see beyond simple cause-effect connections. This book will help you to find strategic solutions to every complex, modern problem. Learn To Think in Systems focuses on the nine fundamental system archetypes; our mental models related to them, and the step-by-step implication methods to fix them. Learn to use systems archetypes to solve your problems at work, in your busine...

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Introduction to Systems Theory

Introduction to Systems

Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many books he developed a highly original form of systems theory that has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines. In Introduction to Systems Theory, Luhmann explains the key ideas of general and sociological systems theory and supplies a wealth of examples to illustrate his approach. The book offers a wide range of concepts and theorems that can be applied to politics and the economy, religion and science, art and education, organization and the family. Moreover, Luhmann’s ideas address important contemporary issues in such diverse fields as cognitive science, ecology, and the study of social movements. This book provides all the necessary resources for readers to work through the foundations of systems theory – no other work by Luhmann is as clear and accessible as this. There is also much here that will be of great interest to more advanced scholars and practitioners in sociology and the social sciences.

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Managing Complexity in Social Systems: Leverage Points for Policy and Strategy (Management for Professionals)

Managing Complexity in Social Systems: Leverage Points for

Why do policies and strategies often fail, and what can be done about it? How can complexity be managed in cases where it cannot be reduced? The answers to these questions are anything but trivial, and can only be found by combining insights from complexity science, system dynamics, system theory and systems thinking. Rooted in the seminal works of Gregory Bateson, Jay Forrester, Donella Meadows, Peter Senge, W. Brian Arthur, John Sterman and Thomas Schelling, this book bridges the gap between rigorous science and real-life experience to explore the potential and limitations of leverage points in implementing policies and strategies. It also presents diagnostic tools to help recognize system archetypes, as well as the powerful language of stock and flow diagrams, which allows us to think in terms of circular causality. These tools are subsequently employed to thoroughly analyze particularly thorny problems such as global climate change, the tragedy of the commons, path dependence, diffusion of innovations, and exponential growth of inequality.

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Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World

Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines,

  • Brand: Kelly, Kevin
  • ASIN: 0201483408

The Shyness and Social Anxiety System: Scientific Techniques To Eliminate Shyness or Social Anxiety, Build Conversation Skills and Make New Friends...

The Shyness and Social Anxiety System: Scientific Techniques

This is the first book ever written on how to overcome shyness and social anxiety... from the perspective of someone who has actually overcome these issues himself. Most of the "confidence" self-help books out there tell you useless advice like "fake it 'til you make it" or "just think about what's the worst that can happen." You won't find that garbage in this book. Instead, you'll learn specific, science-based techniques to quickly eliminate your shyness and social anxiety. The System Has 3 Parts: 1. The first part of the book explains the overall strategy for "rewiring your brain" to transform your personality to stop being shy, quiet and withdrawn. You'll finally be confident and comfortable in your own skin, even at parties and around the opposite sex. 2. The second part of the book reveals 3 techniques that allow you to almost instantly stop feeling anxious, nervous and tense in social situations. 3. The third part of the book shows you how to change the way you THINK so you don't feel insecure and self-conscious anymore. You also learn how to be more talkative and spontaneous... even if you've always had problems not knowing what to say in conversations. Some Reviews For The System: "As a clinical psychologist specializing in social anxiety and self-help systems, I was ama...

  • ASIN: 1482504448

Principles of Systems Science (Understanding Complex Systems)

Principles of Systems Science (Understanding Complex

This pioneering text provides a comprehensive introduction to systems structure, function, and modeling as applied in all fields of science and engineering. Systems understanding is increasingly recognized as a key to a more holistic education and greater problem solving skills, and is also reflected in the trend toward interdisciplinary approaches to research on complex phenomena. While the concepts and components of systems science will continue to be distributed throughout the various disciplines, undergraduate degree programs in systems science are also being developed, including at the authors’ own institutions. However, the subject is approached, systems science as a basis for understanding the components and drivers of phenomena at all scales should be viewed with the same importance as a traditional liberal arts education.Principles of Systems Science contains many graphs, illustrations, side bars, examples, and problems to enhance understanding. From basic principles of organization, complexity, abstract representations, and behavior (dynamics) to deeper aspects such as the relations between information, knowledge, computation, and system control, to higher order aspects such as auto-organization, emergence and evolution, the book provides an integrated perspective on ...

  • Brand: Springer
  • ASIN: 1493919199

A System of Pleas: Social Sciences Contributions to the Real Legal System (American Psychology-Law Society Series)

A System of Pleas: Social Sciences Contributions to

Over 95% of criminal convictions are by guilty plea. Trials are the rarity, and while much has been written on jury decision making and various parts of the trial process, the field has been largely silent on the practice that is most likely to affect an individual charged with a crime: plea bargaining. A System of Pleas: Social Science's Contributions to the Real Legal System brings together into one resource the burgeoning body of research on plea bargaining. Drawing attention to the fact that convictions today are nearly synonymous with guilty pleas, this contributed volume begins with an overview and history of plea bargaining, with chapters focusing on defendants, defense attorneys and prosecutors and plea bargains; influences on plea decision-making, including race, juvenile justice system involvement, and innocence; and the results of a "system of pleas", such as sentencing disparities and mass incarceration, collateral consequences, and disenfranchisement. A concluding chapter by the volume's editors examines ways to move forward within an entrenched system. An excellent reference tool for furthering both research and practice, A System of Pleas is a must-have for academics and legal professionals interested in the fields of criminal justice, psychology and law, and relat...

  • ASIN: 0190689242

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (The MIT Press)

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions

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Masters Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System: ASWB Test Practice Questions & Review for the Association of Social Work Boards Exam (Cards)

Masters Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System: ASWB

The Masters Social Work Exam is a challenging test and your results can make a huge difference when it comes to your future. If you do well on the exam, it can open doors and lead to wonderful opportunities. If you do poorly on the exam, you will find yourself with a lot fewer options. You may have to put your plans for the future on hold, or even give up on them altogether. Preparing for your exam with our Masters Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System can help you avoid this fate and give you a big advantage when you sit down to take the test. Thousands of satisfied customers have relied on Mometrix Flashcards to help them pass their exam, and now you can too. When you study with these flashcards, you'll get an in-depth review of each section on the Masters Social Work Exam. The ASWB Masters Exam section covers: Core social work values Focus of assessment Psychosocial approach Problem-Solving approach Crisis Intervention approach Behavior modification approach Cognitive Therapy approach Task-Centered approach Systems Theory approach Ecological or Life Model approach Family System's theory Assessment and treatment planning ...and much more! We believe in delivering lots of value for your money, so the Masters Social Work Exam Flashcard Study System is packed with the critical...

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Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Blending RTI and PBIS (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series)

Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Blending RTI and

Many schools have implemented academic response to intervention (RTI) and schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as separate initiatives. This book provides keys to making these programs more effective, seamless, efficient, and sustainable by combining them into a single multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Steps and strategies are outlined for integrating data structures, practices, teams, and district systems. Contributing authors present detailed case examples of successful MTSS implementation in three states. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding, the book features 27 reproducible checklists and evaluation tools. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print the reproducible materials plus other helpful resources. This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

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  • ASIN: 1462524745
  • UPC: 001462524745

Networked: The New Social Operating System (The MIT Press)

Networked: The New Social Operating System (The MIT

How social networks, the personalized Internet, and always-on mobile connectivity are transforming—and expanding—social life.Daily life is connected life, its rhythms driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual connectedness gives us endless opportunities to be part of the give-and-take of networking.Some worry that this new environment makes us isolated and lonely. But in Networked, Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman show how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making, and personal interaction. The new social operating system of “networked individualism” liberates us from the restrictions of tightly knit groups; it also requires us to develop networking skills and strategies, work on maintaining ties, and balance multiple overlapping networks.Rainie and Wellman outline the “triple revolution” that has brought on this transformation: the rise of social networking, the capacity of the Internet to empower individuals, and the always-on connectivity of mobile devices. Drawing on extensive evidence, they examine how the move to networked ...

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Law as a Social System (Oxford Socio-Legal Studies)

Law as a Social System (Oxford Socio-Legal

Modern systems theory provides a new method for the analysis of society through an examination of the structures of its communications. In this volume, Niklas Luhmann, the theory's leading exponent, explores its implications for our understanding of law. Luhmann argues that current thinking about how law operates within a modern society is seriously deficient. He lays out the theoretical and methodological tools that, he argues, can advance our understanding of contemporary society and in particular of the identity, performance, and function of the legal system within that society. In systems theory, society is its communications: they are its empirical reality; the items that can be observed and studied. Systems theory identifies how communications operate within a physical world and how different sub-systems of communication operate alongside each other. In this volume, Luhmann uses systems theory to address a question central to legal theory: what differentiates law from other social practices? However, unlike conventional legal theory this volume seeks to provide an answer in terms of a general social theory: a methodology that answers the question in a manner applicable not only to law, but also to all the other complex and highly differentiated systems within modern society...

  • ASIN: 0199546126

Divergent Capitalisms: The Social Structuring and Change of Business Systems

Divergent Capitalisms: The Social Structuring and Change of

The late twentieth century has witnessed the establishment of new forms of capitalism in East Asia as well as new market economies in Eastern Europe. Despite the rhetoric of globalization, they are continuing to diverge because of significant differences in dominant institutions. This book presents the comparative business systems framework for describing and explaining the major differences in economic organization between market economies.

  • ASIN: 0199240426

Navigating Social-Ecological System: Building Resilience for Complexity and Change

Navigating Social-Ecological System: Building Resilience for Complexity and

Drawing on complex systems theory, this book investigates how human societies deal with change in linked social-ecological systems, and build capacity to adapt to change. The concept of resilience is central in this context. Resilient social-ecological systems have the potential to sustain development in a manner that does not lead to loss of future options. Resilient systems provide capacity for renewal and innovation in the face of rapid transformation and crisis. Case studies and examples from several geographic areas, cultures and resource types are included; merging forefront research from natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities into an innovative framework for sustainable systems.

  • ASIN: 0521061849

Teks Economics Student Edition Networks a Social Studies Learning System

Teks Economics Student Edition Networks a Social Studies

  • ASIN: 002145664X

ASWB Clinical Exam Flashcard Study System: ASWB Test Practice Questions & Review for the Association of Social Work Boards Exam (Cards)

ASWB Clinical Exam Flashcard Study System: ASWB Test

***Ace the ASWB Clinical Exam and Get the Results You Deserve*** The ASWB Clinical exam is a challenging test and your results can make a huge difference when it comes to your future. If you do well on the exam, it can open doors and lead to wonderful opportunities. If you do poorly on the exam, you will find yourself with a lot fewer options. You may have to put your plans for the future on hold, or even give up on them altogether. Preparing for your exam with our ASWB Clinical Exam Flashcard Study System can help you avoid this fate and give you a big advantage when you sit down to take the test. Thousands of satisfied customers have relied on Mometrix Flashcards to help them pass their exam, and now you can too. When you study with these flashcards, you'll get an in-depth review of each section on the ASWB Clinical exam. The Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment section covers: Freud s Psychosexual Stages of Development Defense mechanisms Piaget s theory Kohlberg s Theory of Moral Development Cultural competence Important terms The Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning section covers: Clinical practice Termination stage DSM-5 Intellectual disability Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders Personality disorders Substan...

  • ASIN: 160971220X

Systems Theory for Social Work and the Helping Professions

Systems Theory for Social Work and the Helping

Social systems occur in many contexts of social work. This book provides an easy-to-read introduction to systems thinking for social workers who will encounter social problems in their professional practice or academic research. It offers new insights and fresh perspectives on this familiar topic and invites creative, critical, and empathetic thinking with a systems perspective. Through introducing systems theory as a problem-oriented approach for dealing with complex interpersonal relations and social systems, this book provides a framework for studying social relations. The authors present a strand of systems theory (inspired by sociologist Niklas Luhmann) that offers innovative, surprising, and practically relevant understandings of everyday social life, inclusion/exclusion, social problems, interventions, and society in general. Systems Theory for Social Work and the Helping Professions should be considered essential reading for all social work students taking modules on sociology and social policy as well as students of nursing, medicine, counselling, and occupational health and therapy.

  • ASIN: 036707690X

The Dynamics of Change: Tavistock Approaches to Improving Social Systems (Psychology, Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy)

The Dynamics of Change: Tavistock Approaches to Improving

This book contains reflections of the most important theories and practices of the 'Tavistock tradition' over the past 80 to 90 years - psychoanalysis (the role of thought); socio-technical systems (the interaction between people and technology in workplaces); theories of leadership, research and evaluation methodologies; participant design and greater democratization of the workplace.

  • ASIN: B07B873T1R

The Solution To Social Anxiety: Break Free From The Shyness That Holds You Back

The Solution To Social Anxiety: Break Free From

Discover How To Overcome Social Anxiety And ShynessAre you held back by shyness? Do many things seem out of reach due to social anxiety?Many people have settled into thinking this is just how life is... "This is just the way I am." However, nothing could be further from the truth.In this inspiring, breakthrough book, Dr. Aziz guides you along the path out of social anxiety and into greater confidence in yourself. You will discover what is keeping you stuck in shyness and learn exactly what to do in order to break free.After suffering from social anxiety himself for many years, Dr. Aziz became determined to find a way to social freedom. His deep understanding if what creates the social fears, shyness, and limitations, displays just how much he gets what it feels like to be shy.The first part of this book focuses on understanding the problem. You will discover exactly why you feel social anxiety in a variety of situations. This section teaches you about the deep underlying beliefs that lead to your fears, and you will learn the single belief that is beneath all shyness.In this section you will also understand why you have that continual fear of, "what will they think of me?" that can be so limiting in social anxiety. you will also learn about your inner critic, which is actually a...

  • ASIN: 0988979802
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Follow along with the course eBook: http://bit.ly/2JCz2hg See the full course: https://systemsacademy.io/courses/social-complexity/ Twitter: http://bit.ly/2HobMld In this video we will be taking a very high-level view of what we mean by this term social system, we will be outlining our basic mode...

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Social Stratification: Crash Course Sociology #21

Social Systems

How do different societies establish a social hierarchy? Today we’re starting our unit on social stratification, starting with four basic principles of a sociological understanding of stratification. We’ll explain open and closed systems of stratification and explore examples of different kinds o...

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China’s "Social Credit System" Has Caused More Than Just Public Shaming (HBO)

Social Systems

China is testing a new plan to urge its citizens to do more good and be more trustworthy - the Social Credit System. It’s kind of like the American credit score, except it tracks far more than financial transactions. It tracks good — and bad — deeds. Part of the system is a neighbor watch progra...

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Social Class & Poverty in the US: Crash Course Sociology #24

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Today we’re breaking down the five different social class in the United States: the upper class, the upper middle class, the average middle class, the working class, and the lower class. We’ll also go over what poverty looks like in the United States. Crash Course is made with Adobe Creative Clo...

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