Thinking Complexity

01 Oct 2016, 01:20 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.

Balancing feedback loop - an example how L.A improve towards an sustainable city


The municipality want to decrease the consumption / use of water in the city to improve their sustainable goal.

a balancing loop has always four elements:
actual performance = 130 gallons/capita in 2015
target/desired state = 20% less by 2017

gap = difference of actual performance and desired state
corrective action = the municipality led by example by reducing the city's municipal water use by over 30%.enter image description here

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