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Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Enlarge Mental Models: Helping the Transition to a Sustainable World

Richard J. Wehle School of Business, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY 14208, USA
Systems 2018, 6(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6020015
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 17 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 8 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systems Thinking)
Sustainability and climate change are massive global problems that stem from the industrial world’s relentless pursuit of growth. Transitioning to a sustainable world requires understanding citizen mental models and our addiction to short-term rewards. This paper uses causal loop diagramming (CLD) to describe the general, prevailing citizen viewpoint and to propose a wider mental model that takes the natural world and sustainability into account. The corporate profit model that depicts the wider view acknowledges and describes the important impacts and influences of political pressure on our social, economic, and ecological systems. Adopting the wider mental model can help the industrialized world design better policy to achieve both national and United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; systems thinking; UN sustainable development goals; mental models; neoliberalism; ecological economics sustainability; systems thinking; UN sustainable development goals; mental models; neoliberalism; ecological economics
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Garrity, Edward J. 2018. "Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Enlarge Mental Models: Helping the Transition to a Sustainable World" Systems 6, no. 2: 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6020015

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