If we stick to the real or imagined rules, the only kind of change that is possible is what Watzlawick, Weakland, and Fisch called First Order Change in their book Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution.

An example of First Order Change is traffic lights changing. They change within a predictable sequence: green, yellow, red, and back to green. (Or in the UK: green, yellow, red, yellow, then green again).

An example of Second-Order Change, to quote Dr. James Wilk, the inventor of Minimalist Intervention¬†would be the traffic lights ‘changing to purple, or dancing the fandango’. The traffic lights are now breaking the rules determined by the Highways Department: ‘Traffic lights will conform to the “green, yellow, red” pattern, and will refrain from dancing at all times.’