|Leyla Acaroglu, September 2017
In this installment of Acaroglu’s series on systems thinking, she articulates the key terms that constitute a systems mindset which enhance our ability to think critically and creatively about how to problem-solve in complex systems. The article highlights 6 core concepts or “building blocks” for systems thinkers:
Applied to RBP, Humanitarian emergencies are complex systems with dynamic, interconnected actors and parts. This systems thinking shift in worldview can help us similarly shift our approaches from formulaic, mechanical responses to ones better-suited to responding to the interconnected and constantly changing array of relationships and feedback loops. Continuous analysis of risk over the course of the response and independent from the program cycle, helps us to understand how the threat environment and capacities and vulnerabilities may shift and change over the course of an intervention. Outcome-oriented methods, such as building a causal logic and outcome mapping, can help us (collectively) establish pathways for change and milestones for reducing risk that people face in these complex systems of humanitarian emergencies.
Please find the full article, here.