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Systems Thinking & Managing Uncertainty


Systems Thinking & Managing Uncertainty

At the ASP workshop "Managing Uncertainty", Ian Roderick and Martin Sandbrook, from Schumacher Institute, argued that the key to managing sustainability and uncertainty is to persuade people to shift from the prevailing mechanistic worldview to understanding systems thinking.

Looking at the world and seeing it whole”, as EF Schumacher argued we should do, opens up an entirely different dialogue about how we address the problems which face us and how we lead and manage organisations.

This focus group offers a forum to develop a discussion around these sorts of topics:

  • What do we mean by systems thinking?
  • Who says systems thinking more useful than other ways of thinking?
  • So what? How does systems thinking help us to make right choices and decisions, so that we act more sustainably in the world?
  • Who cares? How do we persuade people to think in this way?

Please feel free to join in the debate here.

Martin Sandbrook

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5th - 8th July 2012
Bala Brook on Dartmoor, Devon.

This is an event in the wild beauty of Dartmoor lead by Pippa Bondy of Ancient Healing Ways ( Pip is a wonderful guide and leader for this age-old art of Council.

Please see the attached flyer : bala brook event

As it says, through Council, we will explore our own nature, the nature of the planet and the nature of the Way of Council. 

We will ask: 

  • "How do I take care of my own healing?"
  • "How do I face the shadows in my relationships to help find understanding?"
  • "What is my part in the healing of the environment and the Earth?"
  • "What are my responsibilities in creating the world I want to live in?"

These questions will create the container of Council - a practice that encourages attentive listening and heartfelt compassionate speaking. Council is a way to wholeness and healing through bringing together the interconnectedness of all parts of our being/life, the environment, the Earth and self as one.

There are only 10 places available. The cost is £240 to include accommodation in single rooms - see

To sign up please contact Pippa on 01766 780557 or email:

The Council will run from Thursday evening through to Sunday afternoon 5th- 8th July.

For more details of the Way of Council please see…

and the Council in Nature article in the this PDF. This will take you to Pip's website where there is lots more to explore.

Published in Leadership

May 31 – June 4, 2011
A course at Schumacher College
Teacher: Vicki Robin

How much is enough?

This question has never been more relevant or important than it is today, and Vicki Robin has been at the forefront of these issues ever since the publication of her seminal work Your Money or Your Life? During this course she will work with participants to find joyful ways of living at your “enough point” – the point where you have all you need and nothing in excess.

How do you have everything you want and need, but nothing in excess?

Individuals, communities and organisations can benefit from this rich exploration of what makes transformation possible through to practical action and impact.

Vicki Robin is co-author with Joe Dominguez of the best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence, which has been translated into eleven languages.

For more information and to book:
Tel: +44 (0)1803 865934

Published in Change Agents
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