Some thoughts on problem solving

All problems started as solutions.

When considering new solutions, it’s useful to start with considering the problem to be solved, specifically, what problem was this intended as the solution for?  

As a writing coach, I tell writers, before you go breaking the rules, understand what problem the rules are meant to solve. If you can find a better way to solve that problem, go for it!  Rules are made to be transcended!

“Spider-graph” main problems and secondary and tertiary problems. See the relationships between the problems and how that might change priorties in finding solutions, and how several problems might be addressed by a single solution. 

And you might want to check out this TED Talk from George Monbiot which offers a solution particulary relevant to these troublesome times.

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