How can expanding our perspectives affect how we understand our systems? | by Mikael Seppälä | Systems Change Finland | Sep, 2020 | Medium

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How can expanding our perspectives affect how we understand our systems? | by Mikael Seppälä | Systems Change Finland | Sep, 2020 | Medium

How can expanding our perspectives affect how we understand our systems?

Mikael Seppälä

Mikael SeppäläFollowingSep 15 · 3 min read

Have you ever wondered why most systems maps are flat and two-dimensional whereas how we understand “the system” actually depends on the mental models and paradigms that Donella Meadows outlined in her 12 leverage points?

In the Developmental Perspectives and Systems Thinking workshop we organised on 14.9.2020 we explore how changing Developmental Perspectives (mental models and paradigms) affect how we view a real-life system.

Mikael Seppälä from Systems Change Finland spoke briefly about how Adult Developmental Psychology, Metamodernism and Integral Theory can inform Developmental Perspective taking. After that we did a few group exercises on perspective taking.

The main point of the discussion was to explore what it is like to get an experience of Systems Being which could be described as the experience of systems versus the systems maps that we use to describe them very often in Systems Thinking.

How can expanding our perspectives affect how we understand our systems?

How can expanding our perspectives affect how we understand our systems? | by Mikael Seppälä | Systems Change Finland | Sep, 2020 | Medium