Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D.

Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D.

Visiting Faculty

Title:Writer, Educator, Collaborator

How does your experience with OSR impact you?
I’m drawn to the OSR program because we share a fundamental assumption: any change that is made in an organization is implemented within an interconnected, often resource constrained, complex system. As such, to work effectively with organizations, you need to have a fundamental understanding of and appreciation for the dynamics of complex systems. I am always Impressed with the focus and passion of the OSR community for what I think of as “deep purpose learning.” Through the two year program, they dive into practical frameworks related to organizational design and change, including systems thinking, and do so in a myriad of integrated, innovative ways. This is not school as I knew it!

Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D. is an award-winning author, researcher and educator, who is dedicated to helping people of all ages learn to infuse everyday decisions with a deeper understanding of living systems principles. Her aim is to get systems literacy and sustainability deeply embedded in the world of young people. Through talks, seminars and long-term engagements, Linda translates the ideas of systems theory into curricular, school and organizational transformation. Her particular passion is helping young people discover their own natural systems intelligence through innovative books and articles, website content and computer simulations. Following work with Outward Bound, Linda received her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2004She is the author of several books, including The Systems Thinking Playbook, When a Butterfly Sneezes: A guide for helping children explore interconnections in our world through favorite stories and The SEED Water Book (translated into seven languages) and the Healthy Chickens, Healthy Pastures Playkit (Creative Learning Exchange/Audubon, 2010). Her most recent book, Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems (and its companion CD) is translated into 9 languages and won awards at the 2011 New York and San Francisco Book Festivals. Her work has been published by Highlights Magazine for Children, and her first picture book, When the Wind Blows, will be published by Putnam, in 2014.

Most recently, Linda worked with the Friedman School at Tufts University to create systems maps of a the Shape Up Somerville childhood obesity intervention and worked with KCA, the London design firm, to develop “Saudi Arabia 2050”, a traveling museum exhibit, focused on innovations in energy use and targeted to middle-school students. She is currently working with WGBH/PBS as a content curator and on the development of an on-line farming game.

She is a member of Concord’s Food Advisory, founder of the Walden’s Writers group, a children’s book writing group, and a board member of the Balaton Group ( <> ), an international network of researchers and practitioners in fields related to systems and sustainability.