The technocratic and managerial solutions to our large development deficits are well known. Plenty of people have already tackled very similar problems. Couldn't others simply adopt their answers? No, because in addition to knowing what the solutions are, it is also very important that we understand how public problems get addressed. Here's how we see the different parts of a problem-solving ecosystem.

Development is more than a set of good social and economic outcomes. It is a balance between the state, market and society.

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The state, market and society must not seek progress in silos. Each must help the other two also become stronger at the same time.

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In each of these spaces, we must be able to start solving public problems even without the participation of the other two.

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In each arena, more than looking for solutions, we must increase the number and type of networked problem solving people.

With this in mind, the How Institute will focus on encouraging and helping more people to (a) become problem-solving citizens, (b) join and foster networks of such persons who intervene in public issues professionally or voluntarily, and (c) adopt an ecosystem approach whose primary focus is adding people to such networks.