watersfoundation.org provides several valuable tools for learning and teaching systems thinking
The Waters Foundation was founded in 1957 by Jim Waters, a successful engineer, founder of Waters Corporation, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the application of system dynamics and systems thinking in primary and secondary education.
On the website of waters foundation you will find various lessons, models, games and exercises to learn about systems and how the knowledge of systems will influence your decision making. Because the tools are also aimed at young students, some of the material might be
Go to this link to follow the eight module course on WebEx: http://www.watersfoundation.org/webed/main/index.htm
Definition 1 “What do we mean when we say ‘systems thinking?’” We can use the phrase to refer to a set of tools – such as causal loop diagrams, stock and flow diagrams and simulation models – that help us map and explore dynamic complexity. We can also use it to mean a unique perspective on reality – a perspective that sharpens our awareness of whole and of how the parts within those wholes interrelate. Finally, systems thinking can refer to a special vocabulary with which we express our understanding of dynamic complexity. For example, systems thinkers often describe the world in terms of reinforcing and balancing processes, limits, delays, patterns of behavior over time, and so forth.” – Barry Richmond, isee systems, inc. Definition 2 “Systems thinking is a vantage point from which you see a whole, a web of relationships, rather than focusing only on the detail of any particular piece. Events are seen in the larger context of a pattern that is unfolding over time.” isee systems, inc.