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Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System

The Sustainability Institute, December 1999


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Resource IDmeadows1999
Resource titleLeverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System
Author(s)Donella Meadows
Publication/ sourceThe Sustainability Institute
Date publishedDecember 1999
Summary text/ abstractFolks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. This idea is not unique to systems analysis – it's embedded in legend. The silver bullet, the trimtab, the miracle cure, the secret passage, the magic password, the single hero or villain who turns the tide of history. The nearly effortless way to cut through or leap over huge obstacles. We not only want to believe that there are leverage points, we want to know where they are and how to get our hands on them. Leverage points are points of power.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, 'Limits to Growth', Simplicity
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