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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.

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

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  • 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 http://about.me/DrChrisStout 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 DrChrisStout.com

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