Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System

People often tend to solve a problem by addressing only what they see. Which is mostly only the surface of a bigger problem, affected and restricted by an ever bigger system. System thinkers often use the iceberg model as a metaphor to illustrate that one must choose a broader perspective to understand the root-causes of a problem.

Only if you understand the root-causes of a problem you can sustainably solve it. Considering the complexity of problems we are currently facing on a global scale, systems thinking is one most relevant skills.

This article explains how to solve a problem within a system by outlining the various leverage points in a system and the effectiveness of each leverage point.

Sources: World Economic Forum & The Donella Meadows Project – Academy for Systems Change

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