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The Gap Between the Size of Our Problems and the Narrowness of Our Thinking

Increasingly, on every front of our existence, from the environment to the global economy, health care, the fight against terrorism, etc., we are confronted with messes of ever greater and growing complexity. And yet, essentially none of our basic systems (educational, economic, public and private) have prepared, allowed, and rewarded people to cope with and to manage messes. As a consequence, the gap between the size of our problems and the narrowness of our thinking grows daily. Continue reading

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Commonwealth Club Lecture on C-SPAN

On February 24, 2010, I gave a talk on my latest book, Dirty Rotten Strategies, at the Commonwealth Club of California. In my talk, I examine how many institutions either solve the wrong problems unintentionally, or worse, intentionally tackle the right problems in the wrong way. Continue reading

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Interviews, Reviews, and More of “Dirty Rotten Strategies”

I’m thrilled that my recent book co-authored with Abraham Silvers, Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely, has received positive attention and feedback, including an AirAmerica interview. Continue reading

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