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January 09, 2009

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http://www.systems-thinking.org/columbo/columbo.htm

Complex System Rules of Thumb

* Everything is connected to everything else.
* You can never do just one thing.
* There is no "away."
* There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
* Nature knows best.
* If ain't what you don't know that hurts you; it's what you DO know that ain't so.
* "Obvious solutions" do more harm than good.
* Look for high leverage points.
* Nothing grows forever.
* Don't fight positive feedback; support negative feedback instead.
* Don't try to control the players, just change the rules.
* Don't make rules that can't be enforced.
* There are no simple solutions.
* Good intentions are not enough.
* High morality depends on accurate prophecy.
* If you can't make people self-sufficient, your aid does more harm than good.
* There are no final answers.
* Every solution creates new problems.
* Loose systems are often better.
* Don't be fooled by system cycles.
* Remember the Golden Mean.
* Beware the empty compromise.
* Don't be a boiled frog.
* Watch our for thresholds.
* Competition is often cooperation in disguise.
* Bad boundaries make bad governments.
* Beware the Tragedy of the Commons.
* Foresight always wins in the long run.

Nancy Lebovitz, those are great. I may have to appropriate some of those.

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