Critical Mass

“A system becomes “critical” when it is on the verge of changing from one state to another. The final unit of input before the change has a disproportionate impact. It is the proverbial straw to break the camel’s back. Before a critical mass is reached, the camel can support the amount of weight it’s required to carry. Then the weight passes a threshold where any additional amount is disastrous, and the final straw tips the camel into another state. Once a system passes a certain threshold and enters a critical state, it only takes a tiny nudge to change it.”

Excerpt From: Rhiannon Beaubien. “The Great Mental Models Volume 3: Systems and Mathematics.”