Why can’t we solve complex problems?

How we ended up using mosquito nets!

  • They are difficult to define. Different people will have different opinions about the cause, nature and extent of the problem.
  • The problem is hard to tackle because cause and effect relationships are not repeatable. It’s hard to predict what will happen in the future.
  • The only way to learn is to experiment — there is no ‘one way’ to solve the problem.
  • It requires the cooperation of multiple people and organisations.
  • Complex problems are notoriously tricky, so your experiments will likely fail.

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Abram El-Sabagh

Human-centred designer. ThinkPlace. Designing for positive outcomes.