Learn Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is an understanding of how a complex adaptive system (such as an ecosystem or an economy) has a life of its own. Why is systems thinking important? It helps us move beyond an actor-based world view, where we are in the centre, to a interrelation-based world view where we recognise that the interactions between the parts are more influential than the actions of any single part. Some examples of that contrast these two ways of thinking:
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This proverb is an example of moving beyond direct charity, and finding a long-term solution to helping a person.
  • There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it. This popular quote of Charles Edward Montague remarks on how indirect action is the most powerful.
  • The action system in Ludopolis is echoes the difference between actor-based and interrelation-based. Yellow actions give you direct influence that is immediately satisfying, whereas green actions give you indirect influence with the potential of far-reaching ripples.

Everyday life situations, whether interpersonal or economic, often depend on our ability to use finite information to get a gist of a complex and chaotic world filled with infinite relationships. Ludopolis strives to provide cognitive challenges that are similar in form to real-world contexts, especially at higher levels of play.