Twelve Leverage Points


Definition: the Twelve Leverage Points is a list by Donella Meadows of 12 intervention places within a complex system where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes:
12. Constants, parameters, numbers
11. Size of buffers and stabilizing stocks
10. Structure of material stocks and flows
9. Length of delays vs rate of system changes
8. Strength of negative feedback loops
7. Gain around driving positive feedback loops
6. Structure of information flow
5. Rules of system
4. Power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure
3. Goal of system
2. Mindset or paradigm the system arises from
1. Power to transcend paradigms
Compare Theory of Constraints.



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