(2003-08-28) Meadows Systems Interventions

Fresh links lately to Donella Meadows' identification of places to intervene in a Complex System. We know from bitter experience that when we do discover the system's Leverage points, hardly anybody will believe us.

In increasing order of effectiveness:

  • 9. Constants, parameters, numbers (subsidies, taxes, standards).
  • 8. Regulating negative feedback loops.
  • 7. Driving positive feedback loops.
  • 6. Material flows and nodes of material intersection.
  • 5. Information flows.
  • 4. The rules of the system (incentives, punishments, constraints). (GameRule)
  • 3. The distribution of power over the rules of the system.
  • 2. The goals of the system.
  • 1. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, power structure, rules, its culture — arises.

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