You’re looking at the Pacific Northwest. The green diagonal slash is the Cascade Range, replete with Douglas Fir, composite volcanoes, and well-hidden marijuana farms. There’s the Oregon and Washington coastline (left), Puget Sound and the southern tip of Vancouver Island (top), and Columbia River Basin (bottom right). West of the Cascades are the cities: Eugene – Salem – Portland – Olympia – Tacoma – Seattle – Vancouver. Approximately 10.3 million live here. How’s that working out? Even the best answer is . . . well . . . complicated.
Enter System Dynamics – a set of critical thinking skills developed by Jay Forrester at the MIT Sloan School of Management that helps one understand how disparate pieces work together in a system. I first learned about System Dynamics at an NSF Summer Institute in Portland in 1993. Whoever I was before 1993 vanished from the earth. Since that time, I’ve taught teachers and students about system dynamics, systems thinking, and the rhythms of everyday life . . . because it’s all OneThing.
In itsallonething, I turn my attention to two ideas: sustainability and school change. Sustainability . . . because we all need to learn how to live within the natural rhythms of our watershed. School change . . . because we’re living through the most exciting, rapidly changing times in education . . . ever!
Poke around, please . . . you’ll find cool things, quick things, and my systems thoughts about sustaining places and educating people. There’s a lot to say. Hope you’ll find it interesting and maybe spread the word.
Thanks for reading,