good to see the book continue to get attentionThe Hidden Power of Systems Thinking, book review: Reinventing governance | ZDNet
The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking, book review: Reinventing governance
Tackling the climate emergency requires a fundamental change in the way governments think and operate, argue Ray Ison and Ed Straw.
The difficulty of pulling the world together to react collaboratively in the face of an urgent existential threat has been thoroughly demonstrated over the past year. The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear, even in countries not struggling with Brexit-related upheaval, just how hard it is to overcome the instinct to embrace nationalism when it comes to controlling outbreaks and sharing vaccines.
The bigger problem we must tackle as part of post-pandemic recovery is climate change, which will require all that elusive collaboration, and more. Yet numerous countries’ governments not only fail to collaborate with each other, but they also fail to respond to their own citizens’ needs.
The need for broad-picture thinking to address these gaps is the central thesis of two Open University academics — professor of systems Ray Ison and visiting fellow Ed Straw — in The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking: Governance in a Climate Emergency.