Pattern and Reality: An Introduction to Creative Systems Theory

 
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Creative Systems Theory is a comprehensive framework for understanding change and interrelationship in human systems. Its perspective is applicable to human systems of all scales, from individuals, to organizations, to societies. Creative Systems Theory has particular pertinence to making sense of our time’s defining challenges and understanding what they will require of us. It represents a new kind of conceptual framework, one able to address more directly the living nature of human experience. Put another way, its ideas reflect the new, more mature and dynamic kind of understanding on which our future depends. This brief introduction to Creative Systems Theory is intended for people new to Creative Systems Theory ideas or for those wanting a big-picture overview. It was developed as one in a series of Institute for Creative Development educational resources.

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Charles M. Johnston, MD is a psychiatrist and futurist. He is best know as the originator of Creative Systems Theory, a comprehensive framework for understanding change and interrelationship in human systems, and for directing the Institute for Creative Development, a Seattle-based non-partisan think tank and center for advanced leadership training. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the future and how we can best prepare to meet it. The concept of Cultural Maturity, a key notion within Creative Systems Theory, addresses how we best understand the times we live in and make choices that support a healthy human future. He blogs at www.CulturalMaturityBlog.net. The early years of Dr. Johnston’s efforts, from 1975 through 1985, focused on developing and introducing the ideas of Creative Systems Theory. His book The Creative Imperative was the primary product of that first phase in his work. From 1985 through 2000, Dr Johnston turned to teaching and to further developing the ideas of Creative Systems Theory with colleagues at the Institute for Creative Development. Necessary Wisdom:Meeting the Challenge of a New Cultural Maturity was written as a more popular audience book on the concept of Cultural Maturity during that time. Two shorter works, The Power of Diversity: An Introduction to the Creative Systems Theory Personality Typology and Pattern and Reality, A Brief Introduction to Creative Systems Theory were written as Institute training resources and later made available in book form. From 2000 to 2012, Dr Johnston’s work focused on further developing the concept Cultural Maturity and the ideas of Creative Systems Theory and documenting them in written form for different audiences. The first book in the resulting series, Hope and the Future: An Introduction to the Concept of Cultural Maturity, is intended for a general audience wanting to better understand the tasks humanity now faces. Cultural Maturity: A Guidebook for the Future is a lengthier work intended for those interested in developing the sophisticated decision-making abilities that leadership in times ahead will require in all parts of our lives. Quick and Dirty Answers to the biggest of Questions: Creative Systems Theory Explains What It is All About (Really) is intended for people who enjoy the audacity of “theory of everything” reflection.

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