# All Notes

• ### Finding Leverage for Systems Change—Toward a modern theory of leverage in systemic design - A talk at ST-ON

I presented a follow-up to Leverage is Fractal, Relative, and what else? We need a theory of leverage in systemic design at Systems Thinking Ontario in mid-November: https://wiki.st-on.org/2022-11-14

To design for leverage is to identify the most powerful opportunities for innovation in systems change. In this talk, I presented a brief history on the origins of leverage theory — especially Donella Meadows’s “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System” — and covered recent developments in designing for leverage. Then, I outlined some challenges to our current understanding of leverage, calling for a modern theory of leverage in systemic design. I concluded with some ideas on what might be addressed by such a theory.

Here’s the slides!

The discussion following the talk was exhiliarating and so productive. You can watch the talk and the discussion on Youtube.

• ### Use Metadata Menu and Dataview to tag your notes from a selection of existing tags only

A way to standardize tagging your notes in Obsidian.
• ### A Keyboard Maestro macro for quickly and easily opening published notes in Obsidian

Similar to Notes/A Shortcut for quickly and easily opening published notes in Obsidian, this macro makes it easy to jump from viewing a published note on the web to editing it in Obsidian.

Don’t forget to switch Mainframe to your vault’s name!

I have it tied to a Stream Deck button, but you can configure it to trigger however you’d like.

See a screenshot of the macro

• ### A Shortcut for quickly and easily opening published notes in Obsidian

If you publish your notes to the web in any way and you are on iOS/macOS, here’s a simple shortcut that lets you quickly and easily open a note from your website in Obsidian:

See the shortcut in action

• ### Start publishing my notes

A plan to make my thinking more public.

# # Notes from listening to “Design Science Dysfunctions,” an episode of This IS Research

• Recker, Berente, and Gregor identify three problems with design principles:
1. Design principles rarely build on existing work (They should be developed over extensive amounts of research (eg review articles), not one-off papers)
2. Design principles are rarely very surprising or useful (“the UI has to be easy to use”)
3. They often depend too much on context → indeterminacy
• Interesting: even though (to her chagrin) she is the “[Design] Theory” person, Gregor doesn’t always include or look for a design theory in design science research. She said “A theory is just a body of work” in defense of why she doesn’t sometimes include a full Design Theory.
• ### A simple method of appending or prepending to a section in a markdown file

This Keyboard Maestro macro demonstrates how to insert text into a specific section in Markdown.

The core idea is simply to replace a heading with the heading plus the new content and some new lines in between.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24   # PopClip Highlight name: Highlight required apps: [com.devon-technologies.think3, com.readdle.PDFExpert-Mac] icon: symbol:highlighter applescript: | # pipe character begins a multi-line string tell application "System Events" set frontApp to first application process whose frontmost is true set frontAppName to name of frontApp as string if frontAppName contains "PDF Expert" then tell application "System Events" tell application process "PDF Expert" click menu item "Highlight" of menu of menu bar item "Annotate" of menu bar 1 end tell end tell else if frontAppName contains "DEVONthink 3" then tell application "System Events" tell application process "DEVONthink 3" click menu item "Highlight" of menu of menu bar item "Format" of menu bar 1 end tell end tell end if end tell Popclip Extension for highlighting in DEVONthink and PDF Expert