Systems perspectives as different ways of seeing, organizing, and understanding the world

| It’s not what you see. It’s how you see it. |

What we see as a system, and how we understand the interactions of its parts in relationship to the whole, is a function of our own perspective. By changing our perspective, we can conceptually reorganize the same phenomenon as different types of systems with different types of relationships. The phenomenon doesn’t change; we do. Although one perspective isn’t inherently better or worse than another, each reflects a way of seeing with unique affordances and constraints on how we think.