Community member post by Gabriele Bammer
This is the first annual “state of the blog” review.
This is a blog for researchers who:
- want better concepts and methods for understanding and acting on complex real-world problems – problems like refugee crises, global climate change, and inequality.
- are intrigued by the messiness of how components of a problem interact, how context can be all-important and how power can stymie or facilitate action.
- understand that complex problems do not have perfect solutions; instead that “best possible” or “least worst” solutions are more realistic aims.
- enjoy wrangling with unknowns to better manage, or even head-off, unintended adverse consequences and unpleasant surprises.
- are keen to look across the boundaries of their own expertise to see what concepts and methods are on offer from those with different academic backgrounds grappling with other kinds of problems.
- want to join forces to build a community which freely shares concepts and methods for dealing with complex problems, so that these become a stronger part of the mainstream of academic research and education.
November saw this blog’s first anniversary and this 100th blog post reviews what we are aiming for and how we are tracking. Continue reading