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TEP #002: How To Avoid Tomorrow’s Problems With Today’s Solutions

Read time: 4 min This week’s tip: Consider potentially unintended consequences before acting. In order to reduce homelessness and crime, you have to choose effective solutions. Sounds obvious, right? Well, I’ve watched countless “solutions” be implemented during my 17 years in the social sector (examples below). While some contributed to problem improvement, others didn’t. And …

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How To Solve Complex Problems

In today’s increasingly complex world, we are constantly faced with ill-defined problems that don’t have a clear solution. From poverty and climate change to crime and addiction, complex situations surround us. Unlike simple problems with a pre-defined or “right” answer, complex problems share several basic characteristics that make them hard to solve. While these problems …

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