Home Problem Solving QuickBite Problem SolvingQuickBite QuickBite By Julie - November 17, 2009 363 5 “Problems can not be solved within the framework in which they were created.” – Albert Einstein Do you agree with this quote? What’s your twist? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Performance Wear with a Laid Back TWIST Heels with an Adaptable TWIST Elder Care with a TWIST 5 COMMENTS A great question from the innovation maven! I believe problems can be solved anytime decision makers put finding a resolution ahead of personal wants or hopes (i.e., utopia). Since it’s human nature, or human programming, to want things to turn out our way, I agree with Einstein that we need to shift perspectives in small or big ways to see opportunities, not just for solutions but for new and better ones. Julie: I’ve typically seen a different version of the quote: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” I agree with the version I’ve seen but not with the version you quoted. I don’t believe the framework must change. The framework is about the fundamentals. While it can certainly help to change those, I do not believe they must be changed. I disagree. Sometimes solutions can be found exactly within the framework of the problem. It just takes a fresh, simplified perspective to uncover the answer that was there all along. Also, in certain cases (sustainable development comes to mind), the framework/environment fuels the motivation and inspiration to find the solution. Sorry, Einstein. Great debate guys. I’m a twist and tango sort of gal myself. So I definitely believe that lateral thinking and stepping outside of the category is and invaluable for finding new solutions to sticky problems. But I see the validity in both sides. Thanks for the comments. Come On Thanks Edwas Comments are closed.