wicked problems

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@StuartMcMillan: “The only thing you need to feel extremely smart is a lack of curiosity. The perpetually curious will always think they’re dumb.

“Every totalitarian regime is frightened of the artist. It is the vocation of the artist to keep alive the ministry of imagination, to keep on conjuring and proposing alternative futures to the one the king wants to urge as the only thinkable one.” —Walter Brueggemann, via @CurtisOgden

@SimonTerry: “A Twitter thread is a perfect vehicle for conspiracy theories: Bite-sized information; social validation; sources people rarely check; pace & format that allows skipping details, critique or connections; & degree of difficulty to read that makes reflection & criticism a challenge.”

Wicked Problems: Complexity is Here to Stay, via @LouHayes

“There is no uniformity in the understanding of complex thinking. 15 to 20% of people can intuitively understand it. 60 to 70% can understand it with some training. 15 to 20% are impervious to it. Hence the importance of the conversation networks. The separation between subject (people) and object (problems) imprisons all of us to the binary logic — the biggest source of reductionism and wrong decisions.”

Why we suck at “solving wicked problems” by @sonjabl

“Problems: Wicked, complex, intractable or adaptive … whatever we choose to call them, we seem to suck at solving them and we often get profoundly overwhelmed and stuck. I believe the reason for this is hidden in the language I used in the title and previous sentence (… and no it’s not the adjectives … )

Two words: “problems” and “solving” …”

Everything is for sale now, Even Us.

“Almost everyone I know now has some kind of hustle, whether job, hobby, or side or vanity project. Share my blog post, buy my book, click on my link, follow me on Instagram, visit my Etsy shop, donate to my Kickstarter, crowdfund my heart surgery. It’s as though we are all working in Walmart on an endless Black Friday of the soul.”

Media Literacy Index 2018: Common Sense Wanted via @ElisabethBraw

“According to the author of the report Marin Lessenski, there are different approaches in dealing with fake news and post-truth, regulation being one of them. But while some regulation is necessary, education seems to be the best all-round solution to fake news and the post-truth phenomenon with fewer drawbacks and more possibilities to tailor it to different situations. It has fewer side effects and more opportunities for adaptation to different situations. The results of the Media Literacy Index indicate that high quality education and having more and more educated people is a prerequisite for tackling the negative effects of fake news and post-truth.In addition, there seems to be correlation between quality of education and media freedom when the two indicators inn the index are compared. Countries with better education tend to have more media freedom and vice versa. While the index cannot single out cause and effect, the very observation of a relationship is indicative.”

Image via @anarkaytie

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