Whole Systems Thinking

EcoIntelligence sustainability articles, speeches, and interviews.This page displays a collection of environmental and sustainability (green) online videos on whole systems thinking. Video topics include the "Gaia" hypothesis, the unity of living systems, integral politics, and more.

Whole systems thinking strives to understand cause and effect relationships in a wholistic, nonlinear and integrated way. Environmental issues cannot be well understood without a whole systems approach. It reveals the deep interconnectedness between humans and the Earth's natural living systems. The "Gaia" hypothesis takes things further by considering the Earth as a single organism of which we are a part. Systems thinking allows us to better understand how the environmental actions we take have an impact on the rest of the Earth's systems.

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"" Living In A Living Universe. Futurist and author Duane Elgin explores our existence and the idea of living in a living universe. He discusses both scientific and spiritual perspectives, from cosmological dark energy to Native American beliefs. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Sacred Balance - Gaia Hypothesis. In this excerpt from The Sacred Balance documentary, James Lovelock talks about the origins of his "Gaia" hypothesis. It suggests that the Earth is one living organism. About 4 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Gaia: Thoughts that Reshaped the Science of Our Living Earth. This Science & Spirituality segment from Supreme Master Television tells the story of James Lovelock's "Gaia" theory, the impact the theory has had on our scientific understanding of the Earth, and why it is important for our collective future. About 14 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Integral Politics. In this speech, Ken Wilber outlines what truly integral politics might look like. He compares and contrasts the politics of the US Democratic and Republican parties, explaining why both are less than integral. About 18 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Systems Thinking - Part 1. American organizational theorist and consultant Dr. Russell Ackoff gives an in-depth explanation of systems thinking. About 22 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2, 3.

"" Whole Systems Thinking. Robert Cantillo, speaking at the Antioch University Seattle Center for Creative Change, presents a synopsis of how whole systems thinking can be applied to social systems, organizations, and companies. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Unity of Living Systems - Part 1. All cellular organisms — prokaryotic and eukaryotic — share basic chemical similarities. Out of these similarities, however, emerge diverse patterns of cell assembly. Encounter the tools to understand various cell types and their relationship to non cell entities such as viruses. About 14 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2.

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