We achieve results by applying systems thinking, an approach to problem solving that unpacks the various elements of any system and seeks to understand how they relate to each other and their environment. Where relevant, we build quantitative systems models for enumerating these relationships. Building system models is an extremely powerful way of framing, understanding and articulating complex issues and problems. We also draw on the philosophies encapsulated in the meta-disciplines of life cycle thinking, industrial ecology, cleaner production and sustainable production and consumption to guide our work.
The Green House uses various modelling platforms, including Excel, Analytica and STELLA. We recognise that technical models can often be intimidating to stakeholders. We therefore encourage our clients to have ownership of their models, and our service offering includes mediated/collaborative modelling, multi-criteria decision analysis, training and facilitation.