Systems thinking is a way of looking at the interconnectedness of the world.
In the context of regional planning, systems thinking means looking for ways for government, businesses, and individuals to see the larger systems in which we all operate. On the most basic level, systems thinking starts with seeing patterns and thinking about how changes within one system impact other areas over time.
Systems thinking is about revealing the intersections, overlaps, and opportunities between systems. The goal is to see the larger systems in order to encourage strategic choices about the future.