Testing & Tools

    Valid testing and powerful tools built on simple rules for Systems Thinkers


    STMI Personal Inventory

    Systems Thinking Personal Inventory (STMI)

    Get your personal assessment of your systems thinking ability and tips to improve it

    How would we know if your systems thinking? Being able to test the degree to which a person is systems thinking is a critically important tool for doing systems thinking. 

    Research shows that the fastest and surest way to increase success in all domains—personal and professional, emotional intelligence and analytical ability, critical thinking and problem solving—is to increase metacognition and systems thinking. CRL developed the first, reliable, personal inventory of skills in metacognition and systems thinking: the Systems Thinking Personal Inventory or STMI™.  STMI measures your strengths and weaknesses in the metacognitive skills that underlie systems thinking. It provides a “Pros and Grows” Analysis of where you’re strong and where you can improve on 10 dimensions. STMI can be taken before and after exposure to systems thinking to measure  improvement. 



    DSRP Systems Mapping Software

    Visualize complex systems

    Diagram your thinking in real time, together. For strategists, educators, technologists, designers, policy makers, and thinkers of all sorts! Using DSRP as the underlying algorithm and knowledge architecture, Dr. Derek Cabrera invented the research prototype software MetaMap, which began as a research project on visualization of complex cognition. This research project led to the Cabrera's founding Plectica where Dr. Derek Cabrera invented Plectica canvas software. Plectica is the best way to visualize systems thinking.



    DSRP Systems Thinking Blocks

    3-D Whiteboarding

    Originally invented by Dr. Derek Cabrera as a way to teach his graduate and doctoral students systems thinking at Cornell University, ThinkBlocks are a tangible cognitive tool that makes it easy to physically model any idea, no matter how complex. Assign concepts to blocks by writing on them with dry-erase markers, and then associate them with other concepts by using the multi-nesting (multiple blocks inside of blocks), barbell (relational nodes), and looking glass (translucent) properties of the blocks. Their use increases: 

    • clarity in individual and group problem solving; especially when things are complex and need to be "re-thought" 
    • communication and understanding; gets people instantly on the same page or makes it clear when they are not
    • cognitive clarity in all populations from PreK to PhD and in corporations and innovation labs




    Think Different. By Asking Different.

    Thinkquiry is the term we use for thinking differently about how we ask questions from a systems thinking approach. What’s different about Thinkquiry is the underlying logic of DSRP which is multivalent.

    Traditional question logic is born of Socratic Logic (which is bivalent logic) and typically employs such rubrics as the 5Ws (Who, What, Where, When, Why). DSRP logic expands on this bivalent logic, which means that these kinds of questions can still be asked, but we are encouraged to penetrate deeper into our topic and ask deeper questions.



    Cortex Man

    A constant desk reminder of why you need to make things visual and tactile

    There are more neurons connecting your brain to your hands and eyes than all the other part of your body combined. This is why so much of our research focuses on tactile and visual tools and technologies. As part of this effort, we made the cortical homunculus available in a 3D printed model.  Check out a video about "Cortex Man."