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WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
Spring weather can be exciting!
When wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky, one little guy knows just what to do—grab his kite!
But as the kite soars, the wind picks up even more, and soon he and his grandma are chasing the runaway kite into town. As they pass swirling leaves, bobbing boats, and flapping scarves, breezes become gusts and the sky darkens. Rain is on the way! Can they squeeze in one more adventure before the downpour?
Scenes rich with springtime details for little eyes to follow and lyrical verse that captures the changeable mood of the weather make this perfect for spring story times.
CONNECTED WISDOM: Living Stories About Living Systems
Connected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures, revealing through each a unique feature of “living systems.” Through this book, readers from 10 to 110 explore, through timeless folktales and modern examples, how the laws that guide living systems can also guide how we live and learn.
A collaborative effort among first-class artists, the book was written by systems educator Linda Booth Sweeney; designed by renowned graphic artist Milton Glaser, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts; illustrated by award-winning artist Guy Billout and produced by Simone Amber and SEED. The book is currently translated in 10 languages.
THE SYSTEMS THINKING PLAYBOOK
This book has become a favorite of K–12 teachers, university faculty, and corporate consultants. It provides short gaming exercises that illustrate the subtleties of systems thinking. The companion DVD shows the authors introducing and running each of the thirty games.
The thirty games are classified by these areas of learning: Systems Thinking, Mental Models, Team Learning, Shared Vision, and Personal Mastery. Each description clearly explains when, how, and why the game is useful. There are explicit instructions for debriefing each exercise as well as a list of all required materials. A summary matrix has been added for a quick glance at all thirty games. When you are in a hurry to find just the right initiative for some part of your course, the matrix will help you find it.
WHEN A BUTTERFLY SNEEZES: A Guide for Helping Kids Explore Interconnections in Our World Through Favorite Stories (Systems Thinking for Kids, Big and Small, Vol 1)
A must-have resource for any parent or educator who wants to help children think about interconnections in our world.
Each chapter focuses on a favorite children’s picture book–and reveals the systems principle inherent in the story, general points for discussion, illustrations of key concepts, and questions to spark conversation for both younger and older readers.
For additional systems-based story reviews, see the Water’s Foundation website.
THE CLIMATE CHANGE PLAYBOOK
Advocates and teachers often find it difficult to communicate the complexities of climate change, because the people they are trying to reach hold so many mistaken assumptions. They assume, for example, that when climate change becomes an obvious threat to our everyday lives, there will still be time enough to make changes that will avoid disaster. Yet at that point it will be too late. Or they assume we can use our current paradigms and policy tools to find solutions. Yet the approaches that caused damage in the first place will cause even more damage in the future.
Even the increasingly dire warnings from scientists haven’t shaken such assumptions. Is there another way to reach people?