I love a good metaphor. They help a great deal in systems thinking modelling of complex situations; but they do have their limits and the most excellent posiwidblog has a very useful post about this.

Metaphor, huh yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, oh hoh oh Metaphor huh yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all Metaphor, huh good God What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, listen to me… Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to […]

via Metaphor, huh yeah, what is it good for? — posiwidblog

We have a systemsy workshop at work and we are using Clean Language to develop metaphors for how we see certain aspects of what we do. It’s a very useful exercise and can really help us to learn how we work, and we can improve.

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