Problem Demarcation

The world has become more complex, and so have the problems we encounter. Drivers for this complexity are, for example, globalisation, access to vast amounts of information through the internet, increased intercultural contact (through the internet and being able to travel around the world) that takes place on a continuous basis, and the fast (but sometimes still uncertain) developments in technology. Also, problems that would have been local some fifty years ago, with only a few people involved in the decision-making process, and only those people with access to information, have turned into public, political, and even global discussions, in which people use information from other regions as input for the discussion.

Due to all this complexity, there is a need for new ways to tackle the ever-present uncertainty in deciding what to do about a problem situation. A first step towards understanding this complex world requires having a firm grip on the problems at hand. In this collection we will discuss how to start with a problem analysis and problem demarcation of complex problems. We will have 3 web lectures. The first web lecture is about problem statement, the second and third are about problem
demarcation. The reading provides more in-depth insights.