The THINKWATER TOOLKIT is a resource hub, developed to serve a wide range of constituents, and to provide the necessary tools in the best practices of systems thinking.
On this page we feature resources for water professionals. Click the buttons below for audience specific resources.
Map Library - See the complete live map library at Plectica here.
The ThinkWater fellows, The Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network, Wisconsin ThinkWater School, and others have been creating visual maps of their ideas. This library of Plectica maps is provided to serve as both an introduction to visual mapping, and a forum in which to share and build ideas.
The maps presented here are ordered from the simplest to the most complex.
Peanut Butter & Jelly
This map is an introduction to the concept of mapping. It simply shows that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich consists of three parts; peanut butter, jelly, and bread. It also shows that both the peanut butter and jelly are related to the bread. See the map live in Plectica here. Download a .pdf of the map here.
The IPAT Equation, or I = P x A x T
One of the earliest attempts to describe the role of multiple factors in determining environmental degradation was the IPAT equation. It describes the multiplicative contribution of population (P), affluence (A) and technology (T) to environmental impact (I). See the map live in Plectica here. Download a .pdf of the map here.
Designing a Systems Thinking Workshop
This map was used by organizers of a systems thinking workshop at the WAEE annual conference. The map was used to plan for the workshop by recording input and feedback from attendees of a systems thinking Community of Practice webinar on how the workshop should be structured. See the map live in Plectica here.
Download a .pdf of the map here.
This map was developed by organizers of a conference to create shared understanding amongst team members about the purpose of the conference, to plan the conference logistics, and to develop the conference agenda. See the map live in Plectica here. Download a .pdf of the map here.
Conservation through Community Leadership Extension Program
Developing a Program Evaluation Model
WI ThinkWater Effort-Effect
Little Plover River groundwater concerns
Milwaukee Water Workforce Map
Citizen Stream Monitoring: Effort-Effect
Branch Out Milwaukee-Action Visual
Systems Thinking Workshop: Map - Activate - Check
Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network VMCL
Teaching Students About Aquatic Habitats
Pepin County - Multitude of Perspectives on Nitrate in Groundwater
Pepin County - Water Advisory Group Topics
Workbook: Program Development & Evaluation... download
Analysis Using DSRP Questions download
Sample Focus Group Instrument for Evaluations Using Systems Thinking download
Sample Interview Instrument Using Systems Thinking download
WI Water Thinkers Network Survey download.
Evaluation: Systems Thinking download
Evaluation: Method Matching Matrix download
ThinkWater People Directory: Exchange Ideas with the TW network. download
Milwaukee Water Commons download
Lakes Team - Applying systems thinking to community capacity development download
Pepin County - A systems thinking approach to solving water quality issues download
These animated sequences are designed to help explain some of the basic, fundamental aspects of systems thinking.
Although it feels to our conscious self that we interact directly with the real world, in fact we interact indirectly with the real world through our mental models of it. Think of a mental model as a lens between you and reality, coloring what you see. As systems thinkers, we must acknowledge that our mental models are (often poor) approximations of reality. They provide us with only a partial picture; a frame through which we see what we believe to be real, skewed by our biases and beliefs.