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Appendix E

Systems Principles #1

From 'Dancing with Systems' by Donella Meadows, 

The Dance

1. Get the beat.
2. Listen to the wisdom of the system.
3. Expose your mental models to the open air.
4. Stay humble. Stay a learner.
5. Honor and protect information.
6. Locate responsibility in the system.
7. Make feedback policies for feedback systems.
8. Pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable.
9. Go for the good of the whole.
10. Expand time horizons.
11. Expand thought horizons.
12. Expand the boundary of caring.
13. Celebrate complexity.
14. Hold fast to the goal of goodness.


Meadows, Donella. Dancing With Systems. The Systems Thinker, Vol. 13, No. 2. 2010-09-15. URL: Accessed: 2010-09-15. (Archived by WebCite® at