Book precis

Tentative title:  Systems Thinking for Emergency Managers (and Other Community Professionals)

For about five years, I taught a graduate course in “Systems Thinking for Emergency Managers.”  I used Donella Meadows’ Thinking in Systems as the basis, but had to heavily supplement it with relevant examples as well as bringing in topics such as resilience.

This prompted me to pull together this idea for a book.  Its intended audience is the emergency management community, as well as any other community professionals (e.g., planners, developers).  The outline is available here. Before seeking a publisher, I am looking for answers to the following questions:

  • Most importantly, is such a book needed?
  • If yes, does this outline suggest that the book would fill the need?
  • If yes, what else needs to be included, or what deleted?
  • Do you have a suggestion as to a receptive publisher?

If I proceed, I would provide real-world community examples to illustrate concepts throughout.