Native American Course of Study (NACOS)
NACOS 1.03 Recognizing the Balancing Loop in Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth Archetype (page 3-11)
David O Kueker
MODULE 1: THE BALANCING LOOP IN PETER SENGE’S LIMITS TO GROWTH ARCHETYPE
Systemic resistance to change is an adaptation to unwanted change.
Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth archetype attempts to explain the progress and failure of change within human systems through the interaction to two systemic processes. The reinforcing process represents a trend which is intensifying in repeated cycles in order to provoke a change in the status quo. The balancing process keeps the system cycling in a safe, stable homeostasis, where everything functions smoothly and efficiently.
The balancing process is very powerful and usually prevents the reinforcing process from successfully changing the system; it exists to prevent challenges to system stability because small changes in biological systems usually mean the death of the organism. When the trend toward change offers positive benefits and does not threaten or overwhelm the balancing process, the system often adapts by incorporating the trend.
Senge, Fifth Discipline, 79-88, 95-104, 124-126, 227-232, 379-380, 389-390. Senge uses Balancing and Reinforcing loops as fundamental elements to construct many systems archetypes.
Peter Senge Introduction to Systems Thinking
ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING RESOURCES
THREE REQUIRED RESOURCES: (a website, a video, a third item.)
Session Text: “SEMINAR TWO: An Invitation to Dialogue; Focus: Conversations Change Lives”, page 3-11.
– Website link #1
– Video –
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES VIEW – IF THEY ARE INTERESTING
– Website link #2 – webpage TBA
– Website link #3 – webpage TBA
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS – (Discussion questions will be added to the document and/or proposed on the class Facebook page.)