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Gaining deep leverage? : Reflecting and shaping real-world lab impacts through leverage points

  • Real-world laboratories (RwLs) are gaining further traction as a means to achieve systemic impacts towards sustainability transformation. To guide the analysis of intended impacts, we introduce the concept of leverage points, discerning where, how, and to what end RwLs intervene in systems. Building on conceptual reasoning, we further develop our argument by exploring two RwL cases. Examining RwLs through the lens of the leverage points opens the way for a balanced and comprehensive approach to systemic experimentation. We invite RwL researchers and practitioners to further advance RwLs' transformative capacity by targeting the design and emerging direction of a system, contributing to a culture of sustainability.

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Niko Schäpke, Richard Beecroft, Matthias Wanner, Felix Wagner, Regina Rhodius, Pia Laborgne, Oliver Parodi
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-85298
DOI (citable link):https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.33.S1.17
Year of Publication:2024
Source Title (English):Gaia
First Page:116
Last Page:119
Divisions:Nachhaltiges Produzieren und Konsumieren
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International