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  • Genre:SCIENCE
  • SubGenre:Environmental Science
  • Language:English
  • Pages:93
  • eBook ISBN:9780982248089

Connected Wisdom

Living Stories about Living Systems

by Linda Booth Sweeney

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Connected Wisdom - A beautiful collection of regional folk tales and illustrations published in seven languages by SEED. This book was written by Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed. D., an educator, researcher, and writer at MIT who is spreading a deeper understanding of living systems principles to students of all ages around the world. Connected Wisdom and its related activities are now part of the growing SEED Online Science Center.
Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures that each reveal a unique example of a "living system." Through them, author Linda Booth Sweeney shows that what we now call systems thinking has been around for a very long time. A Balinese folktale tells the story of a gecko who cannot sleep because of the sparks from a firefly. He traces the cause of his complaint from one animal to another, and finally to the mosquitoes who he depends on for his survival. Like this gecko, young readers will understand that all life is inter-related, and will be able to grasp the concept of the living system of "interdependence." In a Burmese folktale, a king spills a drop of honey on his windowsill, too little to bother cleaning up. Yet the drop draws a fly, which attracts a lizard, which is followed by a cat, then a dog, and the owners of the cat and the dog, each armed with a stick. When civil war erupts, the king and readers understand the living system of "linearity," in which an effect is disproportionate to its cause. Clear and simple notes accompany these and the other stories in Connected Wisdom. Says Sweeney, "If kids understand living systems, they're more likely to think and act in informed ways and less likely to blame a single cause for the challenges they encounter. As kids appreciate and learn about living systems, they see that connections in nature, people, problems, and events bind us all." Connected Wisdom is available in a large-format, full-color volume, suitable for gift-giving, classrooms, and libraries. It is also available in an audio format and eBook format. Visit www.PlanetSEED.com/CW for more information. Connected Wisdom won honorable mention in its category at the New York Book Festival in 2011. It also won best audio book in the Green Book Festival and the New York Book Festival in 2011.
About the author
Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D., is an educator, researcher, and award-winning writer who works with people of all ages to bring a deeper understanding of living systems into everyday decisions, learning, and design. She lectures widely, translating the conceptual ideas of systems theory into programs, tools, and materials for educational and organizational transformation. Her particular passion is helping young people discover their own natural systems intelligence through innovative books and articles, Web site content, puppet shows, games, museum displays, and computer simulations. In her work with SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), Linda helps integrate systems literacy into educational materials, including the SEED Web site. She is the author of several books, including The Systems Thinking Playbook (translated into 5 languages) and When a Butterfly Sneezes: A Guide for Helping Children Explore Interconnections in Our World through Favorite Stories. Her work has been published in Highlights Magazine for Children as well as numerous magazines and academic journals. Connected Wisdom and its companion audio book, winners at the 2011 New York and San Francisco Book Festivals, were designed by renowned graphic artist Milton Glaser, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, and illustrated by award-winning artist Guy Billout. Learn more about Linda’s work at: www.lindaboothsweeney.net.