Psychologists as Problem Solvers


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This presentation was an invited address at the LA Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for a faculty workshop on problem solving.

Psychologists as Problem Solvers

  1. Solving Problems at the Global Level: What Psychologists can Teach and What We can Learn Chris E. Stout Managing Director, Center for Global Initiatives College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago
  2. Please note that this is a January 2014 presentation, and while you can see most of what was displayed, you cannot hear what I said, and I wish you could. You may reach me at if I may be of help to you in your work. Cheers, Chris
  3. A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
  4. let: x = price of ball, (x+1) = price of bat (x+1)+x = 1.10 2x = 1.10 - 1 2x = 0.10 x = 0.10 / 2 x = 0.05
  5. BLUE
  6. Some of the best solutions are clever
  7. Some of the best solutions are clever and funny
  8. Books, Books, Books….
  9. How do you train soldiers to be Peacekeepers?
  10. The Copenhagen Declaration Sustainable Development and Psychology
  11. Goethe said, Knowing is not enough, we must…
  12. Soweto, South Africa
  13. My epiphanies.
  14. I then learned a lot about the different aspects of some very creative problem solving, and I want to share what I learned with you…
  15. REcovered Medical Equipment Developing Y (world) William Rosenblatt, MD
  16. I learned that when you seek to solve one problem, you may be able to solve others along with it.
  17. Sabriye Tenberken & Paul Kronenberg
  18. Erik Weihenmayer
  19. I learned that when you seek to solve one problem, you may need to develop news tools.
  20. International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs
  21. I learned that once you’ve solved one problem, you may want to make it scale.
  22. Geek Corps Ethan Zuckerman
  23. I learned that when one problem is fixed, you may need to also solve another problem that results from it.
  24. Sustainable Sciences Institute
  25. I learned that when one problem is fixed, you may need to combine seemingly divergent aspects in new ways.
  26. Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole . Shobha Arole, MD
  27. Changes in Health Indicators (1971-2006) Overview of Activities (1970 – 2006) TB patients treated Infant Mortality Rate Reduction Maternal Health Antenatal Care Safe Delivery Family Planning 86.36% Tube-wells for safe drinking water 9,621 198 Plant nurseries – villages 100% <0.5% 100% <1.0% 65% Children under 5 Immun.(DPT, polio) 0.5% 40% <1% TB (prev./1000) 18 1.2 223 Houses built for poor people 283 6,064 87% Malnutr. (wt for age) Check dams Women involved in credit program 0.5% 203 Training in Community-Based Health (since 1983) Persons from India Persons from other countries 17,661 1,911
  28. I learned that in solving a problem, integrating solutions and measuring outcomes is important.
  29. Institute for OneWorld Health Victoria Hale, PhD
  30. I learned that in solving a problem, that sometimes no good deed goes unpunished.
  31. Marie Charles, MD
  32. I learned that in solving a problem, that systems and organization help maintain sustainability.
  33. Bosnia
  34. I learned that in solving a problem, that former ways of thinking may not always work.
  35. Jennifer Staple-Clark
  36. I learned that in solving a problem, that being “too young, too naive, or too busy” don’t necessarily apply.
  37. Witness.
  38. I learned from Gillian Caldwell that a word is worth 1/1000th of a picture…
  39. Witness
  40. Mary Fabri, PsyD
  41. I learned that solving a problem, can result from bringing together the formerly disparate.
  42. Scojo Foundation.
  43. I learned that in solving a problem, two opposites can be brought together.
  44. I learned that in solving a problem, social justice can result from criminal justice.
  45. I learned that in solving a problem, what seems a little, can mean a lot.
  46. Mother Theresa once said: “If you cannot feed one-hundred, then feed just one.”
  47. And now for something completely different—how I have tried to create a structure…
  48. Fasten your seat belt, next stop: The Amazon
  49. Amazon…
  50. Amazon...
  51. Amazon…
  52. Amazon…
  53. Amazon
  54. Hey, weren’t you here last week…? Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know.
  55. Adjust your seat belt, next stop: Bolivia
  56. Bolivian Prisons (and Clark)
  57. Sometimes you can at least solve part of the problem….
  58. I was always frustrated with the disconnect of getting helpful information and tools to those that needed it.
  59. So I have been doing some experimenting….
  60. Curated Library
  61. Problem solving is about tech…
  62. Problem solving is about: Accelerants…
  63. Problem solving is about: Results…
  64. A kindergarten is born
  65. Problem solving is about: Collaborations
  66. Thank you for what you do, and please be in touch if I can be of help… visit