Relational Problem Solving

When things are not going as we expected, we commonly say we have a problem. In other words the outcome of our actions has produced effects which do not fit our expectations and we are not satisfied with them. In many aspects of our lives problems are faced with a more or less positive approach and “solved” starting from this basic assumption: the goal is to turn the ongoing state (problematic) into a desired state (satisfactory or expected). In this case the causal mechanism is originated by our actions, today.

When dealing with today’s issues, traditional problem solving is no longer adequate, because, even if compared to just ten years ago, everything has changed.

Globalization and increasingly quicker and widespread communication have brought about new systemic problems, together with a strong increase in complexity, which must be taken into account. Social organization and a network of increasingly articulated relations require new key reading. More than ever the world of work needs to imagine, develop and create new business opportunities.

Young people need to dream.

Composer Giovanni Allevi writes: “an idea, to be fully implemented, must meet a basic requirement: still before its realistic implementability, it must be clear and limpid, even if it may seem crazy. Inflamed by aspirations and dreams, the idea is formed, perfect in its own way, and the more powerful it will be the more it will allure reality, bend matter on its behalf… Now I can say that any thing can start, because the first move is simply up to us: conceiving an idea supported by emotion. The idea will spread throughout the world and overthrow walls, it will have supporters and detractors, it will bring about wealth and disappointment. And mind you, luck does not exist: rather, you are fortunate enough to have a powerful idea and to believe in it thoroughly. (La musica che ho in testa, edited by Rizzoli, 2008).

In this case the causal mechanism does not rest on actions but on dreams.


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