"Got a little more time" - Books, animations, and clips
Try one of these to gain further insight to the power of systems thinking and design.
education (sir ken robinson. an rsa animation)
How has your education shaped (and biased) your thinking? How is your thinking aligned with your purpose? Having polio as a child almost cost Sir Ken his education. One can only marvel at all he has achieved educating the world on the realities, anomalies, and opportunities in education. Watch a 12 minute animation of some of his thoughts. Several Robinson quotes and more are in James' book, Who am I?
ideation (steve Johnson. A TED TALK)
To get great ideas, get a lot of ideas. Listen well and connect different ideas with "and" thinking. Innovation tends not to occur in a flash of brilliance, but in a series of connections made between different ideas. Promote open idea sharing and favor 'the commons' over protectionism. Watch 7 minutes of Johnson describing why, along with a fascinating bit of smart-phone history.
design (Ackoff and rovin. A BOOK and a VIDEO)
A modest title! Redesigning Society, invites us to think about using an Idealized Design methodology as we contemplate change. This thinking is coming back into vogue, and is often overlooked. Listen to 6 minutes of lovely stories told by Gerald Suarez at Russ Ackoff's funeral. You will not regret it. For the book and other texts from Ackoff and his colleagues at Interact see Amazon.