Wicked Problems, Creative Thinking, and the Transcendentalist

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Wicked Problems, Creative Thinking, and the Transcendentalist

by Major Michael Few, Small Wars Journal

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Eighteen months ago, I embarked on a journey to pursue an academic solution for Iraq. After redeploying from the Surge, I wanted to merge the gap between counter-insurgency and stabilization and reconstruction. I wanted to figure out how WE could fix Iraq's problems. I wanted to find a way to win. In truth, it was never simply about Iraq. I was trying to reconcile the world I knew as a boy with the world that I know as a man.

Initially, I began my research investigating the different perspectives of various compilations of social sciences. I examined Zaganiyah from the objective lens of the anthropologist, the economist, the historian, and the sociologist. Each lens provided a unique insight but no solution. At the end of every path, I felt like I was running into a brick wall. I searched past social sciences and attempted to merge economics with psychology. In this realm, I was able to devise a new way of thinking that I could understand.

Wicked Problems, Creative Thinking, and the Transcendentalist (Full PDF Article)

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Thoughts we've all had. You wrote them down and published them. Good for you.

Problems are a fact of life. They are life. So is endurance. We Sheep Dogs just need to train the Sheep a bit...

All the way!