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Fish Banks Packet
Author(s): System Dynamics in Education Project Subject: Cross-Curricular
  A curriculum to use with Fish Banks, Ltd., a simulation game developed and marketed by Dennis Meadows. Includes: a) Renewable Resource Depletion: A Systems Approach to the Tragedy of the Commons (Matthew C. Halbower). Supplemental materials for Fish Banks, Ltd. This paper is designed to accompany the Fish Banks game. It explains system concepts, proposes exercises, and describes the Fish Banks model. Requires a Macintosh computer and STELLA software. b) The Tragedy of the Commons (Garret Hardin). A discussion of the problems in the use of common resources. (Paper only: c) Fishing in the News. Assorted newspaper clippings to indicate the relevance of Fish Banks for today's fishing industry.)

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Locally rational choices (such as trying to maximize your own catch of fish) can lead to problems for everyone when the resource disappears. A "Tragedy of the Commons" simulation such as Fish Banks can help students to understand that the structure of a system gives rise to the observed behavior pattern. It does no good to place blame on others when actors in the system are causing their own problems!
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The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 1: Mind Grooving
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Thought exercises illustrate different habitual ways of thinking of which people may be completely unaware. Recognizing these can help in considering where habitual thinking ruts might impede understanding of systems. Available at Chelsea Green Publishers.
  Link to the file: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 10: Teeter Totter
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants must work together as a team to successfully complete the goal of getting on and off a teeter-totter. The focus is on how teams interdependently function within a defined environment.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The structure of the teeter totter system creates inherent delays. The participants may not realize how those delays in combination with their individual actions impact the overall success of the team. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
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More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 11: Hands Down
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants respond to the facilitator asking them to identify a number. They are generally unable to identify the correct number because they are paying attention to erroneous data based on mental models about expectations. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 12: Web of Life
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants identify cause and effect relationships and create an actual physical web of yarn to represent those interdependencies. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 13: Moon Ball
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants attempt to improve performance by changing the structure of the system, but the action is only effective up to a point. Participants must change a mental model about the rules in order to create significant change in the system.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. Participants attempt to improve performance by changing the structure of the system, but the action is only effective up to a point. Participants must change a mental model about the rules in order to create significant change in the system. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 15: Belief Release
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants refocus their bodies and minds in a way that helps them become more explicitly aware of their beliefs. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 16: Balancing Tubes
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Individuals balance a newspaper tube on a flat palm. By looking at different parts of the tube, they are either better or worse able to keep the tube balanced.

Complex Systems Connection: ause within System. The exercise creates a balancing, and in this case, oscillating system. The oscillation is built into the structure of the system that includes all the parts along with the physics (e.g. gravity). Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
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More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 17: Touch Base
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  A group standing around a circle must cross, touch the middle, but avoid touching any other participants.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. Participants attempt to complete a task but may simply try to move faster rather than considering how moving slower in a more organized manner will likely get better results. Available at Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 18: Squaring the Circle
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  A group holding onto a rope must reshape the rope into a square while they are blind-folded.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. Participants attempt to complete a task but may simply try to move in isolation rather than considering how moving more holistically will likely get better results. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
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