Chapter 5 -SystemTraps And Opportunities -Archetypes - problematic…
Chapter 5 -SystemTraps And Opportunities -Archetypes - problematic behaviors
Policy Resistance - Fixes that Fail
The Trap: When various actors pull a system stock towards various goals.
Example: Population control which some Actors for or against abortion and yet other actors for or against contraception. But the point of population control is missed
Solution: Bringing all the actors and capture their goals and desires and Redefine the overarching goal of the system
The Tragedy of the Commons
The trap: The overuse of a common resource that eventually could be depleted to the point of complete exhaustion
For example: Deforestation, Overgrazing, Fossil fuel extraction, and in california depletion of water sources
The Solution: Educate and Legislation to prevent resource abuse.
Drift to Low Performance
The Trap: The erosion of performance by allowing past performances create a negative feedback loop of goals which will set a system drifting towards low performance
AKA: Eroding goals
For example: Lowering your standard of a goals of project because your expectation of achieving the goal is low.
Example: Not hold Government officials accountable for corruption, or Any other illegal actions
Solution: Keep performance at a high standard and not letting goals circum to negative feedback
The trap: One stock surpasses another stock or vice versa
For example: The cold war arms race or the volume of two individuals arguing.
Solution: Avoid getting into the trap in the first place. Also, unilaterally disarm
Success to the Successful Competitive Exclusion
When winners continue to win because they are rewarded with the means to win
For example: the rich continue to become richer, like the game of Monopoly
Solution: Implement limitations on how much a winner could win for example antitrust laws
Example of Solutions: Increased advantages for the loser to even out the game
Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor - Addiction
Trap: Dissolution of The systematic problem reduces the symptoms but does not remedy the underlying problem
For example: Communities where drug and alcohol addiction is high because the underlying issue of poverty with in those communities and the member use drugs to escape the pains of life.
Solution: Don't focus on short-term solutions but on long-term restructuring
The trap: Rules within the system are manipulated so, that achieves the desired outcome
For example: Use it or lose it rules, is when a budget or a surplus has to be used by a certain date or they lose it and even readjusted for the following fiscal year
Create and eventually modify rules that achieve the purpose of the rules and not allow the opportunity for rule beating
Seeking the Wrong Goal
The trap: If the goals of the system are not accurately define then there is a chance that it would yield unwanted results
For example: Cutting taxes for the rich to create a trickle-down effect to the middle and lower classes but it doesn't happen that way. The just gets rich just benefits and don't pass the on the extra wealth to their employees
The solution: Specify the goals of system and make it a priority to achieve them.