Thinking Complexity

15 Nov 2017, 07:39 PM
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Draw a balancing feedback loop

This exercise will help you practice drawing balancing loops.
The City of Los Angeles has set a number of short, medium and long-term goals for improving the city's water, energy, climate, transportation, green jobs, housing and wages over the next 20 years. Your task is to draw a balancing feedback loop to describe how L.A. is moving towards one of its goals.

Hint: A balancing loop is made up of four elements - a performance variable, a goal, a gap and a corrective action. You should start by identifying these variables and then add other variables as needed to make your story as clear as possible. The document "Seeing and drawing balancing feedback" in the additional materials may help.

A suggested worked solution is provided in the references section.

The way of LA moves to its goals


Actual Performance : average water use 106gallons per capita per day
Target/goal : 20% water use reduction target
Corrective Action : reducing the city's municipal water use by over 30%.

Their loop would be :
Actual water per capita ---(+)>> Gap (their target is 20% water ise reduction) ---(+)>> the leaders led by example by reducing the amount of water in city by over 30% ---(-)>> Actual water percapita ---(-)>> Gap

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