Systems Thinking for Change-Makers

The five upcoming Letters this week are all drawn from (or inspired by) an essay by the American environmental scientist and writer Donella Meadows (1941-2001), Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System. The whole essay just under 10,000 words long, and is well worth your time to consider in its entirety. This week’s Caesura Letters will touch on a few of the key insights from the paper, but there is much more to be mined here if you choose to take the time to explore the original source further.

Underlying this series of reflections on Meadows’ work is a simple question: how can we make the changes we feel compelled to make in the world around us? How do we get from A to B? As Meadows will explain, perhaps the first most important exercise we can undertake is to question our own assumptions about the nature of change in the first place…

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