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Use of Gaming as a Tool in Education: Resources for Teachers
Author(s): Dennis Meadows Subject: Implementation
  A partial list of a variety of materials that may be helpful to teachers interested in using games to supplement other methods for conveying the principles and tools of systems thinking.
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The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 9: Community Maze
Author(s): linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Teams must navigate through an invisible maze without talking. Through the experience, they can consider how system structure and mental models affect results.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Conflicts can arise between the short term (seeing the individual events) and long term (seeing the patterns) while solving the maze. 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 8: Five Easy Pieces
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Without talking, teams work toward a group goal which requires the success of all individuals.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Participants work to have each member of a team complete a task. Individuals on the team may complete the task (short term), but that completion can actually get in the way of the team completing the task (long term). The experience can also illustrate interdependencies within team structures. 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 7: Toothpick Teaser
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Using toothpicks to form a set of triangles illustrates how the problem definition affects the ability to solve it. Participants must shift a mental model to see beyond obvious strategies. 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 6: Warped Juggle
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants in this group activity attempt to improve performance as they toss an object among individuals in a particular order.

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.
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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 5: Chevreul’s Pendulum
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This exercise can illustrate the power of a personal vision on the behavior of a 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 4: Thumb Wrestling
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants play a game with commonly known rules and goals. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Ineffective Action. Participant's mental models about the the system structure (the game) get in the way of significantly improving performance. As efforts increase, performance actually goes down.
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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 30: Group Juggle
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants in this group activity attempt to improve performance on a particular task.

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 3: Circles in the Air
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  While drawing a circle in the air, people view it from below and above to explore how seeing a system from different perspectives impacts beliefs about a 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 29: Space for Living
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Given a set of rope circles, participants must find a way to have every person have both feet inside a circle. After each round, circles are removed until everyone must find space inside the last circle.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action. Participants must find a way to share a limited (and shrinking) resource. As they attempt to solve the problem, they must shift a mental model in order to successfully meet the goal. 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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