ANSER | Extending the Conceptagon as an Analytic Framework: A Case Study of Public Preparedness in Israel
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Extending the Conceptagon as an Analytic Framework: A Case Study of Public Preparedness in Israel

Extending the Conceptagon as an Analytic Framework: A Case Study of Public Preparedness in Israel

Client: Systems Thinking; National Policy Communities

There are few places in the world where public preparedness is as ingrained into the fabric of a given society as it is in Israel. For the U.S. to implement an equally effective public preparedness program, one where U.S. citizens maintain an active role in reporting and responding to terrorism and a range of other emergencies, it is necessary to understand the systemic underpinnings that enable the success of public preparedness programs like Israel’s.

The Applied Systems Thinking (ASysT) Institute, a research institute of Analytic Services, was created out of a recognized need to apply systems thinking principles to problems of national and international significance. As ASysT is committed to advancing the field of systems thinking, it recently undertook the challenge of applying Boardman and Sauser’s conceptual framework, the Conceptagon, to the public preparedness system in Israel. Entitled “Extending the Conceptagon as an Analytic Framework: A Case Study of Public Preparedness in Israel,” the paper illustrated:

  • Application of the Conceptagon to  complex systems as an iterative tool of systemic learning
  • Benefits of the Conceptagon in conducting systemic inquiry and uncovering emergent and counter-intuitive insights
  • The Conceptagon’s aid in understanding the operation of Israel’s complex public preparedness system, including boundaries, parts and feedbacks

Israel and the Threat of Terrorism

Since the state’s inception in 1949, Israel has faced a broad range of external threats from individuals, non-state actors, and regional adversaries. Preparing for, responding to, and enduring these risks have compelled the state to adopt a fully fused emergency preparedness system. Israel’s approach includes comprehensive communications strategies, sustained education, and hands-on training of its citizens. As our Nation has entered a new era of living with terrorist threats, ASysT endeavored to apply systems thinking so our policy makers can have an illustrative understanding of what’s working outside of our borders.

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Applied Systems Thinking Projects