What’s the question?

The problems that matter most to me are societal – based on basic social / human needs. It seems indisputable to me that these types of problems are;

  1. problems that impact us all
  2. not necessarily problems in every society
  3. problems because our society doesn’t have a system in place to address them properly

Those, surely, are facts. Nothing controversial.  I would also add that these problems are;

  • not being addressed in a coordinated, non-emotional, non-political way
  • problems because the greatest problem solvers are not being attracted to the greatest problems

I invite you to comment on whether you agree with those last two points, but whether you do or not – what are the solutions? What is the actual problem and how will we know when it’s solved? How can we attract the best minds to work on this, and what would need to happen?

Before we can answer any of those questions we need to be sure we really understand the problem – the real problem – the root if there is one. And we can only be sure we understand the problem if we ask the right question.

So what is The Question?

This, simply, is the reason I have started this blog: to start asking questions – better questions – about theories for solving social problems.

Can you help? If you have suggestions for leading theories or discussions please add your comments.

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

Digital producer, agile practitioner, scrum master. Pursuing sustainable democracy and social change.

1 Comment

  1. ernst dirksen   •  

    Firstly we need to accept (not agree) that the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. The challenge is to enlighten the rich and the powerful that we are here to rise above our human nature (material aquisition)and we need to enrich our soul/spirit.

    How to educate the greedy is a monumental task. A beacon for all is the the banker to the world’s most destitute people – Mohammad Yunus. (article in Daily Telegraph Aug 23, 2008.

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