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cChange: Transformational Responses to Climate Change
A collection of inspiring ideas and research on transformative responses to climate change
Curated by Karen O'Brien
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Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons | On the Commons

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons | On the Commons | cChange: Transformational Responses to Climate Change | Scoop.it

A breakthrough for the commons came in 2009 when Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economics. The first woman awarded this honor, the Indiana University political scientist not only made history but also helped debunk widespread notions that the commons inevitably leads to tragedy. In 50 years of research from Nepal to Kenya to Switzerland to Los Angeles, she has shown that commonly held resources will not be destroyed by overuse if there is a system in place to manage how they are shared.


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Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows - developer.*, Developer Dot Star

Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows - developer.*, Developer Dot Star | cChange: Transformational Responses to Climate Change | Scoop.it

Folks 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.

The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!" 


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Anne Caspari's comment, March 24, 2013 6:36 AM
still so valid.
Marc Rabaey's curator insight, January 6, 2014 4:59 AM

The magic of leverage points