Leverage Points & Paradigms of the System

“In the end it seems, that power has less to do with pushing leverage points than it does with strategically, profoundly, madly letting go.”

The cases of Hayes, Carson, and Kelsey are all extremely similar in that each of them discovered incriminating information about drugs and chemicals used by large corporations.  Each of them began to be plagued by paranoia that they were being watched by the companies.  Meadow describes Leverage Points as places to intervene within a system where a “small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.”

9. Length of delays, relative to the rate of system changes

This also relates to the way that Hayes’, although choosing to cut ties initially after discovering the negative effects of Atrazine, with held this information for the sake of reputation  and therefore began to risk his own credibility as Syngenta began to build their case against him risking his reputation even more.

6. Structure of information flow

This is used particularly within Hayes’ case as he seeks to disseminate information by publishing his studies, which is later discredited by the corporation with their own false studies.

5. Rules of the system (such as incentives, punishment, constraints)

The rules of the system are vital to the cases of Hayes, Carson, and Kelsey as it is clear that large corporations are able to create these rules while independents are forced to follow them without any shift to transcend these paradigms.