Systems Thinking is a powerful means of explicating, sharing, challenging, and updating mental models about how the world works. By prompting both analysis and synthesis of system variables and effects, systems thinking helps to challenge cognitive biases, expose deeply-held assumptions, stimulate new ideas about alternative models, and inspire imaginative thinking about indicators of systemic change. In other words, systems thinking augments all stages of critical thinking, whether you are baselining how the system works, trying to detect changes in a system, or identifying alternative views of the system itself.
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