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Chainsaw analogy

One of the things I have pondered often in past #circularwonderings is unintended consequences.

I think this is one of the key concepts for the system thinking approach which is needed for successful circular initiates.

It is therefore even more important to consider this when we are creating the digital tools for circularity.

When using a chainsaw, the correct safety equipment is vital. Not to enable us to cut better, but to avoid disaster if (when) something goes wrong.

The consequences range from "oops I cut the wrong log" to "someone help I am bleeding to death".

Some unintended outcomes will not be helped by my safety equipment. Steel toed boots will not help if I cut the wrong log. But they may be vital to me if I slip and the blade lands on my foot.

Considering, as best we can, unintended consequences when we create software for circular systems, is like that safety equipment. If may not help, but when it doe sit will be vital.

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Barry O'Kane

Barry is the founder of HappyPorch. With 20 years in the web development industry as a programmer and agency owner, he has a preternatural ability to decipher the systems and processes code that holds many teams back from achieving their goals. Partners say Barry gets to the root of issues quickly and makes it downright easy to deliver good work.    

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