John Briggs & F David Peat: Butterfly power

“[Chaos theory] says that complex and chaotic systems — which means most of the systems we encounter in nature and in society — cannot accurately be predicted or exclusively controlled. Neither can rigid systems be easily budged. However, there’s a loophole. What if we acted through the myriad tiny feedback loops that hold a society together? Chaos tells us that each one of us has an unrecognized but enormous influence on these loops. Chaos suggests that although we may not have power of the controller in the traditional sense, we all possess the ‘butterfly power’ of subtle influence.” 

—John Briggs and F. David Peat, Seven Life Lessons of Chaos.