This area is devoted to the study of whole systems.
Nature is a whole system. But also an economy, a family, a company, a
community, or many other things, can be looked at as whole systems. A whole
system view would include all the factors involved and examine how they relate
to each other and how they work as a whole.
To deal with a whole system we can't leave anything out as irrelevant.
Intuition is as important as rationality, we must address both scientific and
artistic approaches, both material and spritual needs, the small as well as the
big, what we feel as well as what we think, what we perceive as well as what we
Whole systems are dynamic, they change they move, they develop. Frozen pictures
of how things are supposed to be might do us no good, we need to deal
with the live systems, whichever surprising directions that might take us
There is no one authority in the field of whole systems. Luckily nobody has
monopolized it by putting it into a standard curriculum defining what it IS.
So, we all have the opportunity to discover together what whole systems are
There is a Whole Systems mailing list for the
exploration of whole systems principles, particularly in regards to economic,
ecological, sociological and metaphysical transformation of our civilization.
4/24/2004: Note that this page has not been actively updated for a long time. Many of the links
are unfortunately invalid now. However, it seems most useful to still keep it up, while we
figure out a new format for keeping it current.
Subjects and Disciplines
Whole Systems Design
Networking - (50+) The Networking Institute.
Learning Organizations (100+)
Total Quality Management, Kaizen home page
Cybernetics and Systems Theory - (200+) Principia Cybernetica
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (50+)
NLP and the Existential Quest
Modeling and Simulation
Memetics - understanding the spreading of
Patterns Home Page - patterns
and pattern languages. Also check Anamorph and Patterns-Discussion
System Dynamics (20+)
Kevin Kelly: "Out of Control"
Peter M. Senge: "The Fifth Discipline"
"Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth"
James P. Carse: "Finite and Infinite Games"
Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey
Stamps: "The Age of the
Joel Arthur Barker: "Paradigms"
Jose Arguelles: "Earth Ascending"
Michael Talbot: "The Holographic
David Bohm: "Wholeness
and the Implicate Order"
Tony Buzan: "The Mind Map Book"
James Redfield: "The Celestine
Alfred Korzybski: "Science and Sanity"
Alan Watts: "The Book - about the taboo against knowing who
Tara Singh: "The Future
Peter Drucker: "Post-Capitalist
Ken Wilber: "No Boundary"
Fritjof Capra: "The Tao
"Maps of the Mind"
Creating a New Civilization - book by Alvin and Heidi Toffler.
Daniel Quinn: Ishmael
Whole Earth Catalog - (50+)
Whole Earth Review (50+)
The Systems Thinker
Buckminster Fuller - Spaceship Earth.
Gregory Bateson - Ecology of Mind.
Arthur Koestler - Holarchies of nature
Karl Popper - Open Society
Ludwig von Bertalanffy - General
Alfred Korzybski - General Semantics
Barbara Marx Hubbard - Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Rupert Sheldrake - Morphogenic fields
David Bohm - Holographic
Edwards Deming - Total Quality
Peter M. Senge - The Learning Organization
Tony Buzan - (50+) Mind Maps, memory.
Jean Houston - Waking World. Mystery
Jessica Lipnack & Jeffrey Stamps -
Alan Watts (10+)
Edward de Bono
Jack Sarfatti - (100+) New physics and consciousness, post-
Jay Forrester - (20+) System Dynamics.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Arthur Young - Theory of Process
Anthony Judge - Integrative Global Action. Lots of articles and
Heiner Benking - Club of Budapest.
Civilization Network - (100+) Cooperation for a better world.
The World Game Institute - (20+) Making the world work.
Soros Foundations, Open Society Institutes - (50+)
The Networking Institute (50+)
Integrative Global Action - Union of International Associations. A
The Change Project - change in organizations,
communities, families and individuals.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Institute for Global Communications - The Progressive Directory
Idaho Systems Institute
Institute for Business and Social Architecture
Global Business Network
World Future Society
Buckminster Fuller Institute
Center for Process Studies
Whole Systems Design Program - Antioch Center for Creative Change at
Antioch University Seattle.
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Santa Fe Institute - (50+) multi-displinary studies, complexity.
OneWorld Online - (500+) global justice, conflict, aid, trade,
education, health, human rights, population.
Netherlands Design Institute - economics, knowledge
University of Houston - Future Studies
MIT Organizatonal Learning Network
Leading Edge Research - far out science
Geosphere Project - visualizing
Intentional Communities - (100+)
Venus Project (10+) Redesigning a culture.
Arcosanti - (40+) arcology project. Paolo Soleri.
Global Energy Network
Oceania - (20+) the Atlantis Project.
Community Page (7)
Tetworld - Global game and peace
through development project
Models and Tools
Civilization Game by Bill Robertson.
Infinite Games - A vision of life as play and possibility.
Symbol Test - Test people's attitude to work.
Cognitive Tools - for collaboration between teams.
The Fourth Wave: A Normative Forecast for the Future of
"SpaceShip Earth - by Oliver W. Markley.
Fourth Wave Concept Overview by Bob Debold.
Open Network and the Emergence of Freeorder - Pattern
Monetary System for the New Millenium - by Roger Langrick.
Warning to Humanity - from the leading scientists of the planet.
Global Resource Bank - proposal to U.N. conference.
afternoon with Jeremy Rifkin - long transcript.
Shared Energy Grid? - a thread of messages.
The Web and the new civilization - by Tom
Whole Systems Quotes
The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World - by Vaclav Havel,
president of the Czech Republic.
Call for New Values Mikhail Gorbachev.
Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes.
Declaration of Evolution by
Onar Am - (30+) the origins of knowledge.
Buddhist Economics by E.F.Schumacher.
Gaia, Our Living Earth
Alexander Chislenko - futurism, knowledge,
ISWorld Net - information technology,
Virtual Chaos - a theory of everything.
Essays by Flemming Funch
Eyes of a Child
The Great Pirates
Science and Sanity
Society and Culture
Fundamental Social Laws - proposed basic rules.
Knowing who you Really are - Alan Watts.
Shifting the Burden - a system template.
Resource Ethics - principles for dealing with resources.
Ephemeralization - doing more with less.
Civilization Network - proposal for new network of teams.
Economy - how the money system works.
Going beyond Normalcy
Master and Apprentices
Universal Wholeness Math
Essays by Donovan Sullivan
Tour and his mother
Essays by Kirby Urner
New Circuit Designs for Planet Earth
Essays by Joachim Steingrubner
The General Theory of Relativity of Suffering and Enjoying
Essays by Ian Cruikshank
Various postings to wholesys-l
|"The essential new quality implied
by the quantum theory is... that a system cannot be analyzed into parts. This
leads to the radically new notion of unbroken wholeness of the entire universe.
You cannot take it apart. For if you do, what you end up with is not contained
within the original whole. It is created by the act of analysis." |
Wholeness and the Implicate Order
Whole System Glossary under construction.
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