Causal Loop Diagrams handbook

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In this handbook, Cascade Institute Polycrisis Fellow Michael Lawrence explains how to read and draw a causal loop diagrams (CLD)–a systems mapping technique that helps us to think through our mental model of a system, increase our understanding of a system, and communicate our knowledge to others. It clarifies some common sources of confusion, provides step-by-step instructions for drawing CLDs, offers advice for using this tool most effectively, and presents three examples of CLDs that elucidate crucial real-world challenges.


Michael Lawrence

Publication Date

June 27, 2024


Cascade Institute


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Resource Type

Think Tank (or University) Report

Systems Addressed

Resource Theme

Disaster Prevention and Response • Learning resource • Theory Building

Uses the term polycrisis

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