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Systems Thinking, 3rd Edition by Jamshid Gharajedaghi

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Chapter four. Development
Development is a core concept of the systems view of the world. In contrast to the mechanistic and biological views concerned respectively with efficiency and growth, the systems view is basically concerned with development. Development is a creative and learning process by which a social system increases its ability and desire to serve both its members and its environment by constant pursuit of truth, plenty, good, beauty, and liberty. The two major components of development, therefore, are desire and ability. But neither desire nor ability alone can ensure development. Those who are awed by their environment and place the shaping forces of their future outside of themselves do not think of voluntary or conscious change, ...

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