7 Amazing Thought Leaders Who’ve Vastly Improved The World

And why their systems perspectives are so deeply needed

Kaia Maeve Tingley
9 min readJul 21, 2022


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Sometimes the biggest thoughts are also the simplest ones.

When a creative polymath with an insatiable lust for problem solving gets to a point where they have consumed enough information, puzzled through enough questions, and honed their own creative skills — a eureka moment might hit them.

It’s a moment where all the pieces click into place, defining a system that can explain the complexity of chaos in question.

Systems thinking is a framework used to communicate this eureka moment to others.

Systems thinking is defined as “a way of making sense of the complexity of the world by looking at it in terms of wholes and relationships rather than by splitting it down into its parts.

In today’s world, so many of us are parched for something deeper than profit motivation. And systems thinking is a well for the thirsty.

Right now, a grand systems lens is deeply needed

The work of great systems thinkers is often subtly intertwined with one another. It’s a kind of spiritual scientific mix of information and artistry, communicated in a simple form that nearly everyone can understand.

It’s a kind of genius that can explain big concepts in simple words and images.

As we approach the next turning of the human species, which happens to be coinciding with the 6th mass extinction on earth, as well as the inflection point of the unprecedented carbon pulse, it will be very helpful to turn on our collective brights to see the road ahead more clearly.

“The brights” is a metaphor for a system lens that can see what’s really going on, without obfuscation from any lens created from within the system itself.

It might just be the thing we need to help us avoid driving off the edge of the cliff, which we seem to be heading for at ever increasing speeds.

Below I’ve shared the work of 7 incredible systems thinkers. These people have gone thru the process and done the work. They’ve created or modernized big picture frameworks…



Kaia Maeve Tingley

Woman, Mother, Wife, Priestess of the Dirt, Striker of Keys & Queen Bee of the #TechHippies. I write essays & poems about coming back home to self. #onelove