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every out thrust headland, in every curving
beach, in every grain of sand there is a
story of the earth."
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on a Finite Planet DVD
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Sustainable Organizations: Meeting the Economic, Ecological, and Social Challenges
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Natural Step: A Framework for Achieving Sustainability in Our Organizations
Attractive Can Our Communities Be? (PDF Format)
Economy Designed to Sustain the Environment (PDF format)
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Fisher Book Set—
Teacher's Guides for System Modeling Assignments in High School
Purchase both books at 20% off!
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with each book is a CD-ROM that contains
student lessons in PDF format, and an installer
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Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First
book captures the system modeling
assignments that Diana Fisher created
and used to teach a year long course
in system dynamics modeling at
the high school level from 1992
- 2005. The guide contains introductions
to each unit and answers to each
Softcover, 262 pages, teacher’s
in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach
with Applications Across the Sciences
teacher¹s guide captures the system
models/assignments that Diana Fisher
created and used in various algebra,
pre-calculus and calculus courses at
the high school level from 1991 to 2005.
The guide contains introductions to each
unit and answers to each problem.
Softcover, 342 pages, teacher’s
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Not Instant Orange Juice—Educating
interview with Jaimie Cloud
Brochure Now Available!
a Collective Keynote
New Concurrent Sessions
the Future By Hand
the Student Voice in Our Learning Community
Dynamic Lifecycle of a Musician
Instant Orange Juice—Educating for Sustainability
P. Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud
Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City. The
Institute offers curriculum development, organizational development,
and professional development for educators focused on helping young
people and their teachers adopt new knowledge and new ways of thinking
in support of a sustainable future. In a recent conversation with
Leverage Points editor Vicky Schubert, Jaimie touched on
the strong systems thinking perspective at the center of their work.
I assume it’s hard to bring new thinking to school
systems whose politics, finances, or history make them resistant
to change. How do you manage to stay enthusiastic and keep this
Our children are in those schools. One thing that is critically
important to remember about working with schools is the amount of
time they have with the children. We know the kids are there for
13 years. That amount of time can be a huge leverage point in changing
the consciousness of a nation. This kind of stuff—systems
thinking and sustainability education—it’s not instant
orange juice. It’s a way of thinking, a series of habits of
mind; it’s being able to transfer what you know and apply
it in other areas; it’s about asking better questions than
the ones that have been asked of you—these are things that
take time. And kids are great paradigm shifters. They have everything
to gain by moving toward a sustainable future and everything to
lose if we don’t. That’s why we keep pushing.
One of schools’
biggest challenges is that they are required to cover certain things
and they only have so many hours in a day in which to do so. We
have to understand how schools work and demonstrate that what we’re
offering actually meets their needs and adds value. When the material
helps kids become better people or learn how to think more critically,
I’ve never seen a teacher turn away. Systems thinking is perfectly
suited to supporting kids in meeting state and national learning
reading this interview...
Systems Thinking Playbook by Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis
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a detailed schedule and updates on the latest additions to the program,
this final overview will help you get a jump on your conference
a Collective Keynote!
Risking Your Significance
Dawna Markova—Now Joined by Rachel Bagby and Andy Bryner!
It’s one thing to talk about new ways of thinking and acting;
it’s another thing to actually start doing so. We’re
excited to announce an enhancement to bestselling author Dawna Markova’s
keynote presentation that will energetically and engagingly bridge
the gap between theory and practice. During Tuesday morning’s
plenary session, Dawna will be joined by spirited vocalist Rachel
Bagby and acclaimed composer Andy Bryner in a new kind of conference
experience. They will use stories and sound to create the conditions
for us to think beyond the limitations of the past and begin to
move toward the future we want to create.
New Concurrent Sessions!
Building the Future
Bongile Funani Mkhize and Kelebohile Marjorie Maleka, Soweto
Mountain of Hope Project
Begun with no funding in the early 1990s, a community initiative
in South Africa addresses poverty and pollution by turning discarded
newspaper, plastic, and glass into economic assets. The Soweto Mountain
of Hope Project has burgeoned to include after-school sports and
environmental programs. Hear from members of this thriving learning
center, and participate in the “upcycling” of waste
materials into useable treasures.
Honoring the Student Voice in Our Learning Community
Les Omotani, Superintendent Hewlett-Woodmere School District
people are often more open to what is emerging and less attached
to outdated mental models than adults are. Their facility with
systems thinking coupled with a natural interest in longer-term
outcomes make them vital partners in any conversation about shaping
healthy futures. In this session, participants—young and
old—will interact with each other and practice hearing the
voice of youth in a new way. Explore with students how they are
learning about systems thinking and servant leadership. Then consider
how the Pegasus Conference can be better structured to optimize
youthful participation in a way that benefits the whole conference
learn more about these and other program highlights, check out the
The Dynamic Lifecycle of a Musician
by Bill Harris
after an interlude of nearly 3 years, we're pleased to offer
a new "At Any Rate" article and accompanying web-based
model. This model, by system dynamicist Bill Harris, draws upon
an article by musician and orchestra management consultant Drew
McManus about business cycles in the professional classical music
field ("The Natural Cycle of Things," The Partial Observer,
December 5, 2005). With conservatories and schools of music graduating
more music majors than ever before, what impact will the increased
competition for positions in professional orchestras and other
groups have on the field? Enjoy the observations in the article,
and then try the associated model to explore its ideas further.
Any Rate" column seeks to enhance the quality of dialogue
about important topics and to increase the level of systems thinking
capacity in the world by demonstrating how such skills can be
applied to everyday issues. For an archive of previous models,
go to the Pegasus
the article and explore the model.
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