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Systems Thinking is a broad and multi-disciplinary approach to complex problem solving. Energy Systems Catapult believes it is a vital component of the energy revolution because it offers a means to reduce the risk of unintended consequences when we modify things, while simultaneously providing the opportunity to deliver positive changes that satisfy requirements.

This document is the first iteration of what we mean by Systems Thinking and why it is so centrally important to the energy revolution. It is intended to help stakeholders enter a ‘Systems Thinking’ mindset and be able to communicate in Systems Thinking terms. It is not intended as a methodology or a how-to guide.This is a working document. Systems Thinking is a broad discipline and the energy system is highly complex, with significant uncertainty about its future direction. It is difficult to predict how stakeholders need assisting materials to be presented, and with that in mind we are sharing this working document to gather feedback so that we may establish a common understanding of Systems Thinking in an energy context. We have also included a working glossary towards the end of the document to help define a standard language that will support and facilitate complex problem solving in the energy revolution.

This document is the first iteration of what we mean by Systems Thinking and why it is so centrally important to the energy revolution. It is intended to help stakeholders enter a ‘Systems Thinking’ mindset and be able to communicate in Systems Thinking terms. It is not intended as a methodology or a how-to guide.This is a working document. Systems Thinking is a broad discipline and the energy system is highly complex, with significant uncertainty about its future direction. It is difficult to predict how stakeholders need assisting materials to be presented, and with that in mind we are sharing this working document to gather feedback so that we may establish a common understanding of Systems Thinking in an energy context. We have also included a working glossary towards the end of the document to help define a standard language that will support and facilitate complex problem solving in the energy revolution.

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