David Ing


The field theory (circa 1947) from Kurt Lewin has largely been portrayed as "unfreeze-move-refreeze". In the history of systems thinking, Lewin was foundational for the Socio-Technical Systems (STS) and Socio-Ecological (SES) perspectives of Fred E. Emery and Eric L. Trist. With rising interests in Systems Changes, might we theorize (and philosophize) differently?

In 2013, an article on "Rethinking Systems Thinking" was published. In 2019, the Systems Changes Learning Circle was founded in Toronto on an espoused 10-year journey to collectively explore progressing the rich legacy of the systems movement. In 2022-2023, two pilot consulting engagements were conducted, with materials openly accessible under Creative Commons licensing. From 2023, three (academic) peer-reviewed journal articles have been published, and a fourth is in final review. Passing the halfway point in the journey, the Circle now has subgroups on explaining theory and refining practices aligned with a new approach.

In this Dialogic Drinks session, we will discuss:.

  • What if we resequence thinking on "systems" as "genetic-social" before "clockworks"?
  • What if we resequence thinking on "systems changes" as "ecological" before "behavioral"?
  • What if we resequence thinking on "systems changes learning" as "propensity" before "causality"?

This DD conversation has been planned with a subsequent deeper philosophical session on "Yinyang and Daojia into Systems Thinking"..


David Ing, “From Unfreezing-Refreezing, to Systems Changes Learning” EQ Lab Dialogic Drinks, March 12-14/15, 2024,


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