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Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System

“Leverage points” are considered to be places within a complex system where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.

In Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System, Donella Meadows shares her thoughts on where the 12 leverage points are within a system, and why. Les Robinson of Enabling Change has adapted Donella Meadows’ system, updating the language to make it more relevant and adding a number of interventions.

Len’s updated list of 18 areas are:

  1. Facts
  2. Skills
  3. Resources
  4. Services
  5. Buffers
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Feedback
  8. Inclusion
  9. Community
  10. Accountability
  11. Level playing field
  12. Full cost pricing
  13. Counterweights
  14. Rules
  15. Institutions
  16. Innovation
  17. Purpose
  18. Paradigm

Both articles are well worth reading and provide useful frameworks for thinking about systems change.

Source: Changeology

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