Proceedings of the 2014 conference ICT for Sustainability

From Computational Thinking to Systems Thinking: A conceptual toolkit for sustainability computing

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Steve Easterbrook
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Steve Easterbrook
Available Online August 2014.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-14.2014.28How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Computers and Society, Computer Science Education, Computational Sustainability.
Abstract
If information and communication technologies (ICT) are to bring about a transformational change to a sustainable society, then we need to transform our thinking. Computer professionals already have a conceptual toolkit for problem solving, sometimes known as computational thinking. However, computational thinking tends to see the world in terms a series of problems (or problem types) that have computational solutions (or solution types). Sustainability, on the other hand, demands a more systemic approach, to avoid technological solutionism, and to acknowledge that technology, human behaviour and environmental impacts are tightly inter-related. In this paper, I argue that systems thinking provides the necessary bridge from computational thinking to sustainability practice, as it provides a domain ontology for reasoning about sustainability, a conceptual basis for reasoning about transformational change, and a set of methods for critical thinking about the social and environmental impacts of technology. I end the paper with a set of suggestions for how to build these ideas into the undergraduate curriculum for computer and information sciences.
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Proceedings
ICT for Sustainability 2014 (ICT4S-14)
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Advances in Computer Science Research
Publication Date
August 2014
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978-94-62520-22-6
ISSN
2352-538X
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https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-14.2014.28How to use a DOI?
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