Causal Loop Diagrams

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Causal loop diagrams show the causal relationships between the variables of a system.

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A causal loop diagram is a mental tool part of systems thinking.

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The diagram helps us identifying the positive and negative feedback loops in order to understand the Stability of the system. A positive feedback loop will cause an explosion. A negative feedback loop will cause stability.

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Both explosion and stability is desirable in some context and undesirable in others.

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Nicky Case made an online tool, LOOPY, to make interactive causal loop diagrams.

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