Encyclopedia of World Problems - Archived Information

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Figure 1: Conceptual processes in editing world problem descriptions

1.a Detecting/Finding/Scanning

-- accumulating variants

-- symptoms/pre-problems

1.b Eliminating/Rejecting/Filtering

-- nonproblems (cases, solutions, theories, events,

2.a Clustering/Grouping

-- combining synonyms, aspects, duplicates

-- tidying-up variants

2.b Splitting/Distinguishing

-- combining synonyms, aspects, duplicates

-- tidying-up variants

3.a Responding to sources

-- sensitivity to where people are

-- what people identify with

-- accept unforeseen categories

3.b Detachment from fashionable

-- reservations concerning solution/value hype

-- articulating value dimension

-- clarifying value qualifiers as ordering principle

4.a Sharpening names/keywords

-- renaming / negativizing

-- de-hyping/de-solutionizing

-- what is the problem the solution is designed to

-- alternative names to facilitate location

4.b Broadening / Balancing

-- inserting anthropocentric terms where implicity

-- opening possibility of non-anthropocentric equivalent.

-- opening up sets /series

-- is there a complementary problem

5.a Naming more general problems

-- naming clusters

-- creating intermediary problems to group/label

5.b Determining level of specificity

-- appropriate cut-off points at bottom of hierarchies

-- what should only be covered at a more general level

6.a Elaborating description

-- sharp, not waffly

-- appropriate amount

-- transfer aspects of mega-problem texts to

6.b Caring for poorly articulated
and inadequately documented problems