37  ‘Clumsy solutions’ and ‘elegant failures’

Lessons on climate change adaptation from the settlement of the North Atlantic islands

Andrew J. Dugmore, Thomas H. McGovern, Richard Streeter, Christian Koch Madsen, Konrad Smiarowski and Christian Keller


The ways that we currently approach and solve problems have profound implications for the future, and the current search for elegant solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, financial crises, and other social-ecological problems may in fact lead to counterintuitive outcomes. Alternatively, we may also embrace “clumsy solutions” which are those that include many different viewpoints when making a decision or establishing policy (Shapiro, 1988). These may be viewed as “fudges” ...

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