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Making Thinking Visible: Causal Loops
Causal loop diagrams (also known as CLDs) are used to show the feedback within a system. Feedback is shown as a circular causal relationship within the system. They are used to show and understand the interactions within a system.
In general, there are two types of loops balancing and reinforcing. In a balancing loop a change in the starting variable leads to a change in the opposite direction. In a reinforcing loop a change in the original variable causes an additional change of the same variable in the same direction. See the video for more information about these loops.
In Systems Thinking a connection circle is used to uncover the problem and then a causal loop is used to diagram it.
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Healthy Chickens, Healthy Pastures
Through this game, students explore the hidden interconnections and dynamics surrounding the 'Egg Mobile', a portable chicken coop designed for sustainable farming at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA. Students will answer the question: What's the connection between the Egg Mobile and a healthy pasture? Learn More...