Systems thinking







Theory: the logic of communicative self-steering      

"It will not be equally fast in all cases, but communication plus self-steering, is the fastest way to learn." - Arnold Cornelis -

A world view is a set of fundamental beliefs, axioms and assumptions that make our perception of what is and how things work more ordered and coherent. Generally, new world views do not replace old ones, but subsume them (definition from Leith's guide to Large Group Interventions Methods). Over time, mankindís views on reality, knowledge and science have changed, see overview picture

LSI is based on a world view of communicative self-steering. Reality as we experience it in an organisation or community consists of facts, possibilities and purposes. The logic of courage, discipline and communication (based on the logic of feeling of Arnold Cornelis) offers an adequate theoretical framework for LSI. The starting point of the model is that reality as we experience it in our communities, is layered due to simultaneous operation of steering mechanisms. Each layer (called a system) has its own characteristics and represents part of the organisation or community. Our feeling is crucial to determining in which system is at play when a problem or issue arises. For further explanation see the illustration below and read the explanation (pdf 639 kb).



Tips theory

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Eric Trist




Eric Trist, one of the founding fathers of the LSI approach

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