It's the Complexity, Stupid! (Try 'Splainin' that in an Elevator)

The dangerous absurdity of building a national—or a community—to-do list around fear, resentment, and wishful thinking
April 6, 2016, 7am PDT | Hazel Borys
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"I’m writing this as Wisconsin voters appear poised, if we’re to believe the hyperventilating pundits, to push the reset button on the 2016 presidential primary season. All bets are off from here on."

"Not the smart money, though. That’s because the presidential campaign is likely to play out within boundaries shaped by what we voters tend to agree on most of the time: The future we most believe in is the past we wish were true and are convinced we deserve."

"To be successful, a politician has to recognize the hold nostalgia has on us and tap into our frustration at gaps rising between the imagined then and the annoying now."

Ben Brown turns to Dilbert to analyze U.S. election dynamics, and encourages city planners to embrace the difficult with plans that are "Complexity-aware, coordination-focused, and comprehensive in scope."

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Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in PlaceShakers
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