Connected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems

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Connected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures that each reveal a unique example of a "living system." Through them, Linda Booth Sweeney shows that what we now call systems thinking has been around for a very long time.

A Balinese folktale tells the story of a gecko who cannot sleep because of the sparks from a firefly. He traces the cause of his complaint from one animal to another to the mosquitoes he depends on for his ...

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Connected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures that each reveal a unique example of a "living system." Through them, Linda Booth Sweeney shows that what we now call systems thinking has been around for a very long time.

A Balinese folktale tells the story of a gecko who cannot sleep because of the sparks from a firefly. He traces the cause of his complaint from one animal to another to the mosquitoes he depends on for his survival. Like this gecko, young readers will understand that all life is inter-related, and will be able to grasp the concept of the living system of "interdependence." In a Burmese folktale, a king spills a drop of honey on his windowsill, too little to bother cleaning up. Yet the drop draws a fly, which attracts a lizard, which is followed by a cat, then a dog, and the owners of the cat and the dog, each armed with a stick. When civil war erupts, the king and readers understand the living system of "linearity," in which an effect is disproportionate to its cause.

Clear and simple notes accompany these and the other stories in Connected Wisdom.

Says Sweeney, "If kids understand living systems, they're more likely to think and act in informed ways and less likely to jump to blame a single cause for the challenges they encounter. As kids appreciate and learn about living systems, they see that connections in nature, people, problems and events bind us all."

Connected Wisdom is a large-format, full-color volume that is as suitable for gift-giving as it is for classrooms and libraries.

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"Wow! I love how [Linda Booth Sweeney] talks about each concept and uses the folktales illustrate/expand. The book could easily be used as the basis for a curriculum on the interconnected-ness of our world (in a variety of content areas from science to social studies)--the concepts can be talked about and applied at so many different levels. I feel like it could be adapted and used in the whole range of grade levels--kindergarten through high school."--Rachel Rosner, Professional Educator

"I just received your beautiful book! .... It's wonderful to see how you can make the ideas resonate--presenting them in a straightforward way that gets to their essential elements. And the illustrations by Guy Billout are a great accompaniment, curiously detailed and mythic at the same moment. Congratulations."--David Eddy Spicer, University of Bath (UK), Department of Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982248010
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed. D., is a researcher and writer dedicated to making the principles of systems thinking and sustainability accessible to children and others. She has worked with Outward Bound, Sloan School of M.I.T., and Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, or SEED. She is the author of The Systems Thinking Playbook; When a Butterfly Sneezes: A guide for helping children explore interconnections in our world through favorite stories; Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems and numerous academic journals and newsletters. Sweeney lives outside Boston, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.lindaboothsweeney.net.

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Table of Contents

1. Interdependence
2. Systems integrity
3. Biodiversity
4. Cooperation and partnership
5. Rightness of size
6. The commons
7. Living cycles
8. Waste
9. Food
10. Balancing feedback
11. Reinforcing feedback
12. Nonlinearity
13. Earth time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Interesting

    I found this book very informative. I checked it out at our library and decided I wanted to keep a copy. I told a friend about it and he also wanted copies. It seemed fresh and new to me.

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