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What are "Mental Models"?  
   In writing and teaching people about Systems Thinking, we often refer to “mental models”. For some people, this comes as a bit of a surprise, because the context usually involves building models with the iThink or STELLA software. They don’t expect us to start talking metaphysically about thinking. “Is this about philosophy or modeling software?” they may wonder. Learn how iThink and STELLA are used to construct, simulate and communicate mental models.
A Pressing Need: Improving Performance  
   Why do so many well-intentioned performance improvement efforts, conceived by so many smart people, so often miss the mark? What can we do about it? Find answers to these questions in this reprint of An Introduction to Systems Thinking with iThink, Chapter 1.
Systems Thinking: Better Mental Models, Simulated More Reliably  
   If the quality of mental models underlying change initiatives is not sufficiently high, what can we do about it? Learn how to use the conceptual framework of Systems Thinking to yield higher quality mental models and more reliable simulations in this reprint of An Introduction to Systems Thinking with iThink, Chapter 2.
The Potential of System Dynamics  
   This NHS Confederation Leading edge briefing, co-authored by Professor Eric Wolstenholme describes the potential for System Dynamics in the Health and Social Care environments. It describes that in order to make significant changes in complex adaptive organisations it is necessary to think differently and test ideas before use.
System Dynamics - Systems Thinking: Let's Just Get On With It  
   What is Systems Thinking and how does it relate to system dynamics? Barry Richmond provides his answer to this question and discusses the important practical and philosophical issues that motivated him to coin the term “Systems Thinking.”
Systems Thinking: Four Key Questions  
   Barry Richmond addresses important questions about Systems Thinking: What is it? Why is it needed? What works against it being adopted on a broader scale? What can we do to increase its adoption?
Thinking, Communicating, Learning and Acting More Effectively  
   Why do we continue to make such little progress addressing our many pressing social concerns like homelessness, hunger, drug addiction and environmental threats? Is it the way we think? Find out answers to these questions in this reprint of An Introduction to Systems Thinking with STELLA, Chapter 1.
 

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