Focusing on Points to Intervene in a System

I've been sharing an article recently called Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System by Donella Meadows.

The specific thing I've been sharing, is the list of places to intervene in a system:

PLACES TO INTERVENE IN A SYSTEM (in increasing order of effectiveness)

  1. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards).
  2. The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.
  3. The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures).
  4. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.
  5. The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against.
  6. The gain around driving positive feedback loops.
  7. The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information).
  8. The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints).
  9. The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.
  10. The goals of the system.
  11. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters — arises.
  12. The power to transcend paradigms.

I often find that when I'm stressed or don't have "good answers" for a system or something in it, I fall back on the less effective places to intervene (12-7).

The important places that I can intervene that I want to start trying to intervene ar 6-1.

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