Relational Systems Thinking

The Dibaajimowin (Story) of Re-Theorizing “Systems Thinking” and “Complexity Science”


  • Melanie Goodchild Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation & Resilience



Indigenous, Relational, systems thinking


This paper extends the analysis begun in Goodchild (2021), with suggestions for engaging with the spirit of relational systems thinking as a dynamic interface theoretical model.  It is a perspective offered to help systems change practitioners and scholars transcend binary and hierarchical thinking, in the sacred space between worldviews, to embrace a complexity mindset informed by Indigenous wisdom.  It is not about the what of deep systems awareness, but the how.


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How to Cite

Goodchild, M. (2022). Relational Systems Thinking: The Dibaajimowin (Story) of Re-Theorizing “Systems Thinking” and “Complexity Science”. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change, 2(1), 53–76.



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