Thinking in Systems

Author: Donella Meadows
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603581480
Release Date: 2008-12-03
Genre: Science

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth—the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet— Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life. Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

Design Thinking

Author: Gavin Ambrose
Publisher: Stiebner Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783830713814
Release Date: 2010

Design Thinking steht hoch im Kurs und wird sogar schon als akademische Zusatzausbildung angeboten - doch was steckt dahinter? Mit dieser Arbeitsmethode schwindet jegliche Angst vor dem weißen Papier, denn sie umfasst sowohl die Ideenfindung als auch dieWahl der richtigen Mittel für die anschließende Umsetzung. Und eben hier setzt der Band aus der Reihe Basic Design an: Er erschließt dem Leser den Zugang zu kreativen Denkprozessen und lenkt diesen Ideenfindungsvorgang schließlich zur richtigenHerangehensweise - praxisnah und mit vielen Fallstudien.

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393240689
Release Date: 2013-05-06
Genre: Philosophy

“The best new book I’ve read.”—Richard Dawkins, New York Times Book Review Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventy-seven of Dennett’s most successful "imagination-extenders and focus-holders" meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. With patience and wit, Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built. Alongside well-known favorites like Occam’s Razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, computer science, and physics, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions." A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.

Thinking big

Author: Brian Tracy
Publisher: GABAL Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783930799732
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Self-Help

Sind Sie bereit für die nächste Stufe des Erfolgs? Dann steigen Sie ein in Thinking Big, das Denken ohne Grenzen, und erfahren Sie, wie Sie jedes Ziel erreichen können, das Sie sich selbst geSetzt haben. - Wie Sie aus Ihren Träumen konkrete Ziele machen. - Welche Ihrer Fähigkeiten Sie zum Erfolg führen. - Welches die wichtigsten Erfolgsgewohnheiten sind. - Wie Sie schnell richtige Entscheidungen treffen. - Wie Sie Misserfolge konstruktiv meistern. - Wie Sie ihr persönliches Netzwerk aufbauen. - Wie sie an Charisma gewinnen.

A Study of Thinking

Author: Jerome Seymour Bruner
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412816270
Release Date: 1986-01-01
Genre: Psychology

A Study of Thinking is a pioneering account of how human beings achieve a measure of rationality in spite of the constraints imposed by bias, limited attention and memory, and the risks of error imposed by pressures of time and ignorance. First published in 1956 and hailed at its appearance as a groundbreaking study, it is still read three decades later as a major contribution to our understanding of the mind. In their insightful new introduction, the authors relate the book to the cognitive revolution and its handmaiden, artificial intelligence.

Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers

Author: Paul Laseau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471352926
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Architecture

The essential design companion-now in an up-to-date new edition For architects, drawing is more than a convenient way to communicate ideas; it is an integral part of the creative process that has a profound impact on thinking and problem-solving. In Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers, Third Edition, Paul Laseau demonstrates that more versatile and facile sketching leads to more flexible, creative approaches to design challenges. To encourage this flexibility and stimulate graphic thinking, he introduces numerous graphic techniques that can be applied in a variety of situations. He also helps readers acquire a solid grasp of basic freehand drawing, representational drawing construction, graphic note-taking, and diagramming. Important features of this new edition include: * Easy-to-understand discussions supported by freehand illustrations * A new format with superior representation of techniques and concepts * Dozens of new and updated illustrations * Extensive coverage of new technologies related to the graphic thinking process For architects and students who want to maximize their creativity, Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers is a valuable tool in the pursuit of architectural solutions to contemporary design problems.

Thinking the Twentieth Century

Author: Tony Judt
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101559871
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Genre: History

"Ideas crackle" in this triumphant final book of Tony Judt, taking readers on "a wild ride through the ideological currents and shoals of 20th century thought.” (Los Angeles Times) The final book of the brilliant historian and indomitable public critic Tony Judt, Thinking the Twentieth Century maps the issues and concerns of a turbulent age on to a life of intellectual conflict and engagement. The twentieth century comes to life as an age of ideas--a time when, for good and for ill, the thoughts of the few reigned over the lives of the many. Judt presents the triumphs and the failures of prominent intellectuals, adeptly explaining both their ideas and the risks of their political commitments. Spanning an era with unprecedented clarity and insight, Thinking the Twentieth Century is a tour-de-force, a classic engagement of modern thought by one of the century’s most incisive thinkers. The exceptional nature of this work is evident in its very structure--a series of intimate conversations between Judt and his friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, grounded in the texts of the time and focused by the intensity of their vision. Judt's astounding eloquence and range are here on display as never before. Traversing the complexities of modern life with ease, he and Snyder revive both thoughts and thinkers, guiding us through the debates that made our world. As forgotten ideas are revisited and fashionable trends scrutinized, the shape of a century emerges. Judt and Snyder draw us deep into their analysis, making us feel that we too are part of the conversation. We become aware of the obligations of the present to the past, and the force of historical perspective and moral considerations in the critique and reform of society, then and now. In restoring and indeed exemplifying the best of intellectual life in the twentieth century, Thinking the Twentieth Century opens pathways to a moral life for the twenty-first. This is a book about the past, but it is also an argument for the kind of future we should strive for: Thinking the Twentieth Century is about the life of the mind--and the mindful life.

Thinking in Jazz

Author: Paul F. Berliner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226044521
Release Date: 2009-10-05
Genre: Music

A landmark in jazz studies, Thinking in Jazz reveals as never before how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling leading musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Paul Berliner documents the lifetime of preparation that lies behind the skilled improviser's every idea. The product of more than fifteen years of immersion in the jazz world, Thinking in Jazz combines participant observation with detailed musicological analysis, the author's experience as a jazz trumpeter, interpretations of published material by scholars and performers, and, above all, original data from interviews with more than fifty professional musicians: bassists George Duvivier and Rufus Reid; drummers Max Roach, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Akira Tana; guitarist Emily Remler; pianists Tommy Flanagan and Barry Harris; saxophonists Lou Donaldson, Lee Konitz, and James Moody; trombonist Curtis Fuller; trumpeters Doc Cheatham, Art Farmer, Wynton Marsalis, and Red Rodney; vocalists Carmen Lundy and Vea Williams; and others. Together, the interviews provide insight into the production of jazz by great artists like Betty Carter, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker. Thinking in Jazz overflows with musical examples from the 1920s to the present, including original transcriptions (keyed to commercial recordings) of collective improvisations by Miles Davis's and John Coltrane's groups. These transcriptions provide additional insight into the structure and creativity of jazz improvisation and represent a remarkable resource for jazz musicians as well as students and educators. Berliner explores the alternative ways—aural, visual, kinetic, verbal, emotional, theoretical, associative—in which these performers conceptualize their music and describes the delicate interplay of soloist and ensemble in collective improvisation. Berliner's skillful integration of data concerning musical development, the rigorous practice and thought artists devote to jazz outside of performance, and the complexities of composing in the moment leads to a new understanding of jazz improvisation as a language, an aesthetic, and a tradition. This unprecedented journey to the heart of the jazz tradition will fascinate and enlighten musicians, musicologists, and jazz fans alike.

Das Design Thinking Playbook

Author: Michael Lewrick
Publisher: Vahlen
ISBN: 9783800656387
Release Date: 2018-03-28
Genre: Business & Economics

“…lohnt sich wegen der Autoren, des Aufbaus und des Inhaltes…Trotz der spielerischen Darstellung is dem Team ein Buch von überraschender Tiefe gelungen.” Harvard Business Manager, April 2017 "This book IS the best definition of Design Thinking that I have seen.” Kee Dorst, author of «Frame Innovation» "The Design Thinking Playbook not only outlines and describes how to apply design thinking. (…) This is an imaginative new contribution, with enhanced accessibility.“ Nigel Cross, author of «Design Thinking: Understanding how designers think and work» Das Design Thinking Playbook ist ein Must-Read für alle Macher, Entscheidungsträger und Innovationsbegeisterte. Es ist das erste Buch über Design Thinking, das dieses Mindset von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite lebt. In der zweiten überarbeiteten Auflage sind zusätzliche Experten-Tipps zum Business Ökosystem Design und konkrete Hinweise zur Anwendung von Methoden hinzugekommen. So ist ein einzigartiger Einblick entstanden, wie heute Innovationen für morgen erfolgreich umgesetzt werden. Die Herausgeber Michael Lewrick, Patrick Link und Larry Leifer sind ständig auf der Suche nach der nächsten grossen Marktopportunität. Sie leben Design Thinking im Aufbau von Wachstumsfeldern, in der Digitalen Transformation, und wenden agile Methoden in der Produktentwicklung an. Sie praktizieren das Design Thinking Mindset im Herzen des Silicon Valley, an der Stanford University und in unmittelbarer nähe des neues Crypto Valley Schweiz, an der Hochschule Luzern. Mit ihrer Hilfe haben verschiedene internationale Unternehmen radikale Innovationen entwickelt und kommerzialisiert.

Critical Thinking fourth edition

Author: William Hughes
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1551115735
Release Date: 2004-08-31
Genre: Philosophy

"William Hughes's Critical Thinking, recently revised and updated by Jonathan Lavery, is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the essential skills required to make strong arguments. Hughes and Lavery give a thorough treatment of such traditional topics as deductive and inductive reasoning, logical fallacies and how to spot them, the importance of inference, how to recognise and avoid ambiguity, and how to assess what is or is not relevant to an argument. But they also cover a variety of topics not always treated in books of this sort - special concerns to keep in mind when reasoning about ethical matters and how the nature of a language can affect the structure of an argument. The book gives a lucid treatment of the differences between descriptive and evaluative meaning: one person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist." "For the fourth edition, Jonathan Lavery has added a new chapter on scientific reasoning, expanded the treatment of analogies, added numerous examples, and revised and updated the text throughout."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Orte des Denkens Places of Thinking

Author: Murat Ates
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 9783495817674
Release Date: 2017-03-02
Genre: Philosophy

Denken geschieht an einem Ort. Zugleich gilt es zu bedenken, was einen Ort zum ›Ort‹ werden lässt. Offenbar setzt also das Denken, wie auch jedes Sprechen und Handeln, einen Standort bzw. einen Standpunkt voraus, die selbst wiederum zum Thema philosophischer Betrachtung werden bzw. gemacht werden müssen. Dabei kann freilich "Ort" ein Mehrfaches bedeuten, etwa den Körper, die politische Schicht, den sozialen Status, das sozialisierte Geschlecht, die Sprache, kulturelle Geflechte, Lebenswelten und nicht zuletzt geographische Landschaften sowie geschichtliche Zeiträume. All dies sind – je nach Konstellation – Orte, die das Denken bedingen. Andererseits haben verschiedene Denkweisen in der Geschichte und Gegenwart immer wieder den Anspruch erhoben, universal zu agieren, d. h. in Unabhängigkeit von allen Milieus, Räumen, Zeiten, Sprachen, Geschlechtern usw. diese überschreiten zu können. Von dieser vielschichtigen Fragestellung ausgehend setzt der vorliegende Band diesseits inter- wie trans"kultureller" Selbstverständigungen an. Anstatt jedoch von einer antagonistischen Gegenüberstellung auszugehen, wonach man sich einer der beiden Diskurslandschaften – wie etwa Universalismus hier, Relativismus/Partikularismus dort – anzuschließen hätte, wird hier vielmehr die Abhängigkeit und Reziprozität beider betont. In diesem Sinne, und dies wäre der Leitfaden dieses Buches, bedeutet "Ort/e des Denkens" zugleich "Denken des Ortes wie der Orte".