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'I was delighted to read this book. It is simply the most thoughtful, comprehensible, and accessible work I have yet seen on working with the whole system' - Margaret J. Wheatley

First

Edition

1999

Second

Edition

2005

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5 out of 5 stars Brilliant weaving together of concepts & practicalities
This book, and the Whole Systems Working Paper series, have helped me enormously in making sense of inter-agency working and policy implementation in a multi-agency setting. The authors are brilliant at weaving together the theories/concepts with the practicalities, and convey a real sense of "learning as we go".


5 out of 5 stars Working Whole Systems

I found the book excellent and really insightful. The power of working whole systems is explored in a number of ways. Two that caught my eye : the system that knows itself will work together to develop a high quality way forward and will then be committed to its implementation. This is a very powerful dynamic.
I found that the book presented a really good balance between the theoretical and the practical - the careful articulation of principles and the "where to begin" chapter is a great example of this.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to play a part in helping an organisation to truly make progress.


5 out of 5 stars A refreshing approach to co-creating our present and future

As an Integrative psychotherapist with an interest in multiculturalism, I have found this book interesting, stimulating and personably written. In using the metaphor of living systems, it is an organic, positive and straight-forward approach to understanding human systems based on "what works" rather than fixing what does not. It addresses how we can move together towards changing the systems in which we live, by identifying mutually fulfilling goals through a shared experience of being human. In this way, it is a respectful approach to valuing every member of a system and their experience of that system. If your interest lies in creating an organic, psychologically healthy and functioning society, I cannot recommend this book enough!

5 out of 5 stars An easy to read Introduction to the Whole System Approach
If like me you work in the real world and are interested not only in understanding what whole system working is, but how to apply it, read this. I liked the short explanation on what whole systems working is, how the use of metaphors can open up thinking to new possibilities, and the live examples cited throughout. I thought that the placing of the Glossary of Terms at the beginning of the book, and the section on Commonly Asked Questions was helpful. The authors of this book are published academics, who clearly want the ideas of whole system working, to reach across all boundaries and have gone out of their way to dump unnecessary jargon and pretense to achieve this.

 

 

 

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