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