“If you can’t solve the problem you are facing, you’re probably facing the wrong problem.”
|--An infrequently used principle of inquiry|
In this chapter, we apply idealized design to problems. We show that the four ways of treating problems form a hierarchy of value. The highest value method we call problem dissolving. This is followed by several quite different examples that reveal the applicability of idealized design in dealing with a wide variety of problems.
The four ways of treating problems are absolution, resolution, solution, and dissolution. They form a hierarchy of value, in which dissolution is the most valuable.
Absolution consists of ignoring a problem and hoping that it ...