A systems approach, grounded in data science.
The social and environmental problems resulting from our economic system can often feel independent from one another. At Metabolic, we take an integrated view of these issues – from climate change and biodiversity loss to human health and economic stagnation – acknowledging that many of these challenges are inextricably linked, and stem from a few key root causes.
We approach all of our work – be it strategic advice, the development of tools or technologies, or the creation of new organizations – from a systems perspective. Rather than trying to understand the world by reducing it to its individual elements and looking at them in isolation, systems thinking focuses on the relationships between elements and how these result in emergent outcomes over time.
We use data-driven analysis and systems modelling to identify the dynamics between complex interactions in a system (such as a supply chain or an economic sector) and provide insights about the root causes of key impacts. Mapping systems in this way reveals leverage points: places in a system where one small change can create big changes across the entire system. These insights helps us create impactful projects, in which we put interventions into practice so they can scale up and generate results.
To illustrate how systems thinking helps us drive forward our mission, here are some of the core principles we keep in mind when developing approaches to tackle complex sustainability challenges.
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