Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright
Chapter 9: Collaborative problem solving in a fractured world: a perspective on the role of global-scale institutions and administrators in the context of climate change
Climate change is a serious problem that calls for collaborative problem solving at multiple scales, including the global scale. The empowerment of new institutions – at the global scale and otherwise – is likely to be part of the adaptive apparatus developed to support collaborative problem solving around the issue of climate change. But how should new institutional structures developed at the global scale in response to climate change be understood in relation to currently existing institutions? And how should public administrators and others who design and act in these institutions think about their new roles? Developing – and acting responsibly within – global-scale institutions organized around the problem of climate change requires navigating a profound tension. One the one hand, responding to the problem of climate change calls for the adoption of metaphors, models and approaches to collaborative problem solving that reflect the planetary scale of human impact.
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