Journal of Systems Thinking <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Journal of Systems Thinking</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (JoST) (ISSN 2767-3847) </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">is a <strong>rolling, online-only, open-access, free-to-publish, double-blind peer-reviewed journal</strong> dedicated to <strong>basic scientific research</strong>, <strong>innovation</strong>, and <strong>public understanding</strong> in the areas of <strong>Systems Thinking</strong> (cognitive complexity), <strong>Systems Mapping</strong> (visual complexity), <strong>Systems Leadership</strong> (organizational complexity), and <strong>Systems Science</strong> (ontological complexity). </span></p> en-US (Derek Cabrera) (Admin) Fri, 20 Aug 2021 16:22:38 -0700 OJS 60 Human-Centric Functional Modeling and the Unification of Systems Thinking Approaches <p>Where systems thinking approachesare often different and sometimes irreconcilable because they are based on the reasoning of one individual or another, Human-Centric Functional Modeling aims to become universal through looking inwards to the way all human beings perceive. HCFM provide a methodology that enables first person observations within each of the senses of the body or within the emotions, mind, or consciousness as functional systems to be represented as forming mathematical spaces that in turn enable all possible systems thinking approaches to be represented.This creates the possibility of comparing all systems thinking approaches to determine which is most “fit” in each context in which it is used, and it radically reduces the barriers to reusing the best components of each approach.</p> Andy E. Williams Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Systems Thinking Sat, 21 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Systems Thinking for Sustainability <p>A sustainability framework based on nested adaptive socio-ecological systems is used to analyse historical examples of soil erosion and its implications for food production and security for a growing population. While there are examples of innovation in agriculture to address food availability, there are also cases of inadequate social responses leading to famine. The analysis highlights the value of considering these issues in a framework of linked biophysical and socio-economic systems. The socio-economic system generates management interventions to resolve biophysical limitations such as soil depletion on food production. The socio-economic system is also responsible when there are inadequate social responses. Currently, the biophysical system produces enough food to feed the world population. However, food distribution through the socio-economic system results in increasing numbers of undernourished people. Biophysical system modelling indicates that unless major changes are made to the current world system, overshoot because of resource depletion will lead to system collapse within the 21st century. To develop sustainability strategies, we need to analyse the socio-economic response to this biophysical vulnerability. A socio-ecological analysis also indicates that perspectives based on power relations that govern real-world decision making rather than sustainability interventions to address food security, need to be incorporated.</p> Bryan Jenkins Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Systems Thinking Sat, 21 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0700