The book follows the 5th Discipline Fieldbook style of using stories to convey important messages relating to sustainability, energy and resource use, amongst others. The stories illustrate the 5 disciplines of the learning organisation (Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision, Team Learning and Systems Thinking) and how they have been used to implement sustainable systems - such as the Green Building rating system.
It gives examples of how parterships such as Coke and the WWF can work toward sustainability - and how the Industrial Age bubble is contrary to nature (there is little waste in nature).
Systems thinking and mental models are used in "The Bathtub" illustration following the Fishing Banks game. It shows how we see the "flow" element in a system (taking the fish out of the fishery) and ignore the part of the system accumulates the "stock" (the health and size of the fishery). For me, this illustration alone was worth the two-credit price of the book.
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