SOURCE(S):  UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (UNDRR)

(#2 of 8) by Marc Gordon, UNDRR and Scott Williams, Co-Chair - GRAF Working Group on Fostering Systems Thinking

“It takes strong nerves to question the very fabric of society”, Yuval Noah Harari

A paradigm shift has occurred since the mid-twentieth century. Computational power has increased. We can mobilize vast streams of data and observations. New systems-based models and narratives are emerging. Systems approaches help make sense of a world where everything is connected. The pervasive linear process of resource use (extraction–production–distribution–consumption–disposal) defines the current economic paradigm. But as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates, Earth is one system – a system of systems. Systems thinking and being able to adopt a systemic perspective when making decisions is obvious and essential to create the future enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Date: 
Thursday, 9. April 2020