Problem-solving Frameworks (17 May)
The next generation will have an accumulation of environmental debt that will hamper its ability to grow and develop economically as well as in terms of its quality of life. The financial debt that is also growing will contribute to the difficulty of dealing with making society work in concert with the natural systems that support so much of what civilization values (clean air, water, stable climate, quality environments to live and play in, etc.). To the extent that these future challenges represent PROBLEMS, figuring out what to do, is going to be a key element of many organizations — public, private, NGO, etc.
The work has been going on, but a greater and more comprehensive involvement of everyone will need to happen to make a difference. The approaches/frameworks that you read about are just some of the responses to the oncoming situation that people have thought of. What do you think of them and their chance of being applied successfully to our current suite of problems? What are some other approaches that should be adopted to help turn the tide on the accumulating debt? As an inheritor of this future, how do you feel about the situation? What do you want to do about it?
Hard questions that you and others will probably be thinking about for many years….