Whether we realize it or not, we have all experienced first-hand how our world is interconnected through systems that are
around us and inside us. Visible and invisible connections that weave us together across distance and time.
We can see these systems in ourselves – how our own mind and body are interconnected and how our actions can affect the lives of others in our community. Why can our mental wellbeing influence our physical health?
How can an individual act of kindness, like contributing to a scholarship, have such positive ripple effects across the life of a
student and his or her family?
We can see these systems in nature. Our beautiful forests have taught us how every little plant and animal has a role to play in the ecosystem. Remove just one and we see how it affects the balance of
We can see this in even the most common activities of our daily life.
How can a drought that happened hundreds of miles away affect the price of vegetables in your neighborhood palengke or market?
These are all the results of systems that surround us and connect us.Things, people, and communities whose behavior and beliefs are so interconnected that, when one part of it moves, the rest can feel it.
This guide was assembled and curated by Firetree Philanthropy, a group that supports systemic work addressing social issues faced by communities in South & Southeast Asia.
A short video overview of the guide – https://youtu.be/0fkpZ5Q7PEE
A short 2-minute teaser video – https://youtu.be/PuxgIKV1FL4
Download the guide in English SystemsThinkingPHGuide_May2021
Or Tagalog SystemsThinkingPHGuideTAGALOG_May2021