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Lesson 5 – Sustainablity Thinking #5: Systems Thinking

Humanities/Social Sciences

Thematic Area
Sustainable Development


This Coursera produced lecture is short at 7 minutes. It offers valuable insight to the application of systems thinking in sustainable development. The difference between simple linear thinking and systems thinking is explained at the beginning of the lesson. The speaker works through multiple examples of systems thinking with analogies, real word examples (modelling corporation system functions: product cycle, productivity, and employees). This lesson is one part of six. The others include life cycle thinking, circular thinking, long term thinking, resilience, and context-based thinking.

Points of Strength

The lesson is well structured and clear throughout. The speaker is direct in their delivery of systems thinking knowledge.
This lesson would be useful as a supplementary tool in lecture.