When working within complex systems, tackling environmental and humanitarian sustainability challenges requires a new approach. If we do not consider each challenge within its broader systemic context, attempts to fix these problems can prove ineffective or even lead to unintended and unforeseen consequences.
Building on work with WWF Netherlands and extensive experience in systems analysis, Metabolic has developed a practical resource for applied systems thinking. The guidebook Using Systems Thinking to Transform Society uses the case of the European food system – one of the continent’s largest drivers of biodiversity loss – to explain how to harness the system’s structures and behaviours to create change. It provides an introduction to systems thinking and a step-by-step guide to identifying leverage using systems analysis.