Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Problem Solving 101

To actually solve any problem you need an honest, detailed assertion of what the problem actually is, and only then can you begin to think of possible solutions. Otherwise, it's just cargo cult problem solving.
Secondly, the most expedient "solution" might not be the best one. You have to consider the ramifications and costs and potential gains.
Thirdly you have to be willing to take responsibility for the consequences of your solution. Again, this requires an honest, detailed assertion of what your solution actually consists of, without euphemism or disingenous language.

This applies on every scale. It can be applied to any "political" problem that we have right now. In fact, I'd say it's necessary to do so if we don't want to kill ourselves.