Problem Solving: Complexity, History, Sustainability

  title={Problem Solving: Complexity, History, Sustainability},
  author={J. Tainter},
  journal={Population and Environment},
  • J. Tainter
  • Published 2000
  • Population and Environment
  • Sustainability or collapse follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions. The factors that lead to long-term success or failure in problem solving have received little attention, so that this fundamental activity is poorly understood. The capacity of institutions to solve problems changes over time, suggesting that a science of problem solving, and thus a science of sustainability, must be historical. Complexity is a primary problem-solving strategy, which is often… CONTINUE READING
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