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  • Akash Walavalkar

Solving A Social Problem

We have been learning about different problems the world is facing ever since we were a little child. We want to help eradicate problems like homelessness, hunger, poverty, unemployment and many others. Even though we are far from completely solving any of the problems the world is facing today, many people have made significant contributions to solving several social issues and we can learn from them to hopefully make the world a better place.

Firstly, we need to focus on the outliers. The people who don't seem to get any better no matter how much we try, are the people we really need to focus on helping. As, when we create a solution to help the people who seem to be ‘rejecting’ help, we will create a solution that helps everybody.

Some workers say that when trying to solve a problem, a deadline should be set. A set deadline allows us to track progress and get to work. However, the deadline should be realistic and the goal should be measurable.

Urgency is the mother of innovation, and where it does not exist, it should be manufactured.”

After a plan has been created, try and do the most obvious thing. If you are trying to solve homelessness, give homes to people you are trying to help. While giving blankets and food may give the homeless a bit more comfort, it is not going to solve the problem of homelessness. We need to focus on the core problem and our actions need to help solve THAT problem.

However, while focusing on a specific problem, we shouldn’t lose sight of the larger systems. When trying to solve hunger, not only do we open food banks, we also try to provide jobs to people suffering and also take a look at their mental and physical health.

Of course, this isn't the rule of thumb and different problems call for different processes and as we gain experience, we may tweak this process of planning and implementing a solution. We can begin at a small scale by helping people around us and eventually try to completely end a problem, to make the world a better place.

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