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Ison R. (2010) Systems practice: How to act in a climate change world. Springer, London.
This book is a cyber-systemic inquiry that has at its core the Maturanan questions: “What do we do when we do what we do?” and “What does it mean to live in language?” Systems are understood as epistemological devices brought forth by observers. The book is divided into four parts beginning with the societal need to move towards more systemic and adaptive governance against the backdrop of human-induced climate change. Part II unpacks what is involved in systems practice by means of a juggler isophor (sensu Maturana). Part III identifies factors constraining the uptake of systems practice and makes the case for innovation in practice by means of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and systemic intervention. The conclusion examines how systems practice is, or might be, utilised at different levels from the personal to the societal. The development of our capabilities to think and act systemically is an urgent priority and Systems Practice aims to show how to do systems thinking and translate that thinking into praxis (theory informed practical action) which will be welcomed by those managing in situations of complexity and uncertainty across all domains of professional and personal concern.
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