Nature’s Living Systems : A Web Resource List
Living systems are open self-organizing life forms that interact with themselves and with their environment. These systems are maintained by flows of information, energy and matter. All ecosystems are living systems. They are interdependent networks that maintain the flow of life’s vital energy.
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Wikipedia On Living Systems
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A Teachers’ Guidebook for Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12. This is an EXCELLENT series of lesson plans for teaching systems thinking and living systems
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5 ways ‘systems thinking’ can jumpstart action
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Network thinking in ecology and evolution
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Why natural networks are more stable than man-made networks
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From Small to Large Ecological Networks in a Dynamic World
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The Hidden Power Laws of Ecosystems
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The predominance of quarter-power scaling in biology
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Connections In Nature – A Webinar Presentation
This is a webinar presentation that I gave to the National Biodiversity Teachin earlier this year.
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A “slideshare” presentation on connections in Nature. I like this one and may be using it in my classroom
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My focus on connections in Nature includes evolution.
This web page is an exciting story about the discovery of an “anatomical mix between fish and a land-living animal.”
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Scientists review worldwide rise of “network of networks”. Further indications that there is a unity of interconnectedness in Nature.
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Uncovering complex network structures in Nature
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We are all made from stardust. Toward a new periodic table of elements.
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A comprehensive description and review of the Gaia hypothesis
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Gaia Theory Website
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It has recently been found that a connection to nature is as important for wellbeing as established social factors.
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 Waking Up In An Ecological Age – Molly Young Brown. An EXCELLENT summary of the history of modern systems/holistic thinking in ecology
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Introduction to Living Systems — by Molly Young Brown
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 A Basic Written Description Of Living Systems Theory
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Feedback loops allow living organisms to maintain homeostasis
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Earth’s Web of Life – A blog essay
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The Web of Life:A New Understanding of Living Systems By Fritjof Capra. This is a good, short summary of his important book
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Celebrating The Beauty of Living Systems – Video
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The Unity of Living Systems
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An Annenberg Learner video lesson on living systems
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An overview of systems thinking
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Systems Thinking has been defined as an approach to problem solving, by viewing “problems” as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to specific part, outcomes or events and potentially contributing to further development of unintended consequences. Systems thinking is not one thing but a set of habits or practices.
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From Learning For Sustainability
Standing in contrast to positivist and reductionist thinking, systems thinking sets out to view systems in a holistic manner. Consistent with systems philosophy, systems thinking concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the elements that comprise the whole of the system.
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Food Security and Sustainability: Systems thinking and environmental sustainability
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Systems Thinking Concepts For Environmental Education
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Introduction To Systems Thinking: A slideshare presentation
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The Declaration of Interdependence was written by David Suzuki and others back in 1992 for the United Nations’ Earth Summit as a spirited call to action and a “pledge to Planet Earth”.
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Ecological Interactions. A nice written summary.
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The Web of Life: Humans as a Part of Complex Ecological Networks. A 50 minute lecture by Jennifer Dunne of Santa Fe Institute.
Traditionally, most ecological research has studied ecosystems as separate from humans. Jennifer Dunne shows how humans fit into and impact ecosystems through their myriad interactions with other species. She then explores how the science of ecological networks can help meet the pressing need to understand the roles of humans in ecosystems, particularly in terms of resource use and consumption. With examples from pre-industrial hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies, she will explore potential lessons for modern humans in fostering a more sustainable future.
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Human activities that affect the ecosystem
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The Interconnected Web Of Life: We Are One
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Fritjof Capra, The Systems View of Life.    An outline of the new understanding of life that is now emerging at the forefront of science. It is a conception of life based on systemic thinking and some of the new concepts and mathematical techniques of complexity theory. It allows us for the first time to integrate the biological, cognitive, and social dimensions of life”
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Chief Seattle’s Web of Life
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The Interconnected Web Of Life: We Are One
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A great video on complexity in Nature
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Complexity theory tutorial
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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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