Sunday, 16 December, 2012 Leave a comment
To see the interwoven nature of a problem, it would require our minds to “zoom out” from the problem. However, our years of drilling our minds down to details, makes the experience of letting go of the problem to see its dynamic nature, a new and rather anxious one for many of us. It is understandable.
As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on Sunday Dec 16, 2012 edition.
Dynamic Complexity vs. Detail Complexity
We face problems daily. And, we do not doubt our ability to deal with them.
Sometimes, this confidence can pull wool over our heads that we can deal even with the stubborn ones, in much the same way. We would say to ourselves, just work harder. We will overcome it.
Stubborn problems are issues that despite efforts to manage or contain it, while it first they may look like they are relenting, the results are short-lived (two-to-three years). And, then it comes back again, this time harder and faster.
For example, in our efforts to survive arid conditions, we engage in pastoral farming. Except, over time, such practices wipe out the greens (as when livestock consume grass) that would otherwise encourage rainfall. In some countries, this means it gets only summer rainfall. This causes conditions…
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