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Second path
Learn and teach as widely as possible, some of the many effective methods and systems of successful and creative problem-solving. There are hundreds of such methods and systems which work well. These need to be unleashed upon the general landscape in such a way that most of the people around you will become far more able and far more willing to solve the problems they find themselves in and the problems they find around them. Virtually by definition, that means more people finding their way to a better economic footing from which they can serve more productively. Also virtually by definition, some of the factors and problems inhibiting prosperity will be solved.

At best, I'd like to see many, many people encouraged to create their own enterprises, out of local resources and conditions, armed with the problem-solving skills which will enable them to overcome difficulties and create, from the ground up, wealth for themselves and for everyone around them.

Many of the better methods and systems of method are brought together in what amounts to an annual world congress on creativity: the Creative Problem-Solving Institute late each June in Buffalo, New York. Several of the better programs of method are sourced right there, including the original Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Method. Contact the Creative Education Foundation at 1050 Union Road, Buffalo, NY 14224.

There is a very wide variety of methods available. By learning more than one system: when one system doesn't produce for you, you can promptly use another as back-up, and vice-versa, thereby greatly improving the chances that you will in fact find your solution to whatever matter. A draft taxonomy, an organized catalog of different types of problem-solving technique, can be found in the appendix of my book, Discovering The Obvious: Techniques of Original, Inspired Scientific Discovery, Technical Invention, and Innovation.

Three very different major creative problem-solving methods are taught step by step in that book, as well as other procedures regarding the uses suggested in its subtitle. We've published a good many additional works in the creative problem-solving field which are intentionally self-instructive, putting such resources immediately into the hands of anyone who cares to learn and use them. See the CPS Techniques section of this website for a number of these.

With the methods and techniques for effective/creative problem-solving so widely and readily available, very simply I propose, as this second of the five-fold paths, pursuing locally programs to find, train in, train others in, various of the more effective creative problem-solving systems. This can be done as some sort of sponsored program. Or it could be done commercially, though that shuts out some of the people whom you want to be stirring into effective and economically productive activity. Or it could even be done through setting up your own team or group or the local community leaders in a creative thinktank. Project Renaissance will be offering a simple handbook of instructions for creating and conducting one's own thinktank locally, generally and also with reference to schools as an extracurricular "club" activity for youth and children.

The thing I like most about this second of the five paths is that it not only solves economic difficulties, but opens the way for all kinds of improvement in people's well-being at most or all levels and in the community.

Another thing I like about this second path is that even merely one individual, reading this, can do what it takes to achieve the desired goals, without having to wait upon anyone else's approval, authority, money, or other arrangements. With Internet, and maybe a good appropriate book or two, you have already in hand just about everything you actually need to get things underway.

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Third path
This is really an extension of part of the second path. Bend part of that involvement toward:
o Solving local problems of infrastructure which affect mutual access to one another's productivities and to global resources; and

o Innovating new products and services to trade to advantage in the world economy, especially products and services which draw upon and employ local resources and local people, whose recompense in turn becomes spending power expressed in your local economy as "multiplier effect."
There are resources and economic opportunities all over the place, easy to spot if you train yourself in the appropriate methods. Several of the very best effective methods are right there together in the aforementioned and appropriately titled book, Discovering The Obvious, easily self-taught step by step.

Every country I've visited showed me resources and bases for many unique products and services it could trade to advantage in the world economy, should it choose to do so. A few hours' application by one of the abovementioned thinktanks could generate dozens if not hundreds, most of which should with some effort be made profitable.

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Fourth path
Who's going to provide the workforce, administrative force, and professional services for the economic growth which results from any of the above? And what could it do for even your present economy, were it to become easy, quick and inexpensive to train a very broad range of your local people to remarkably high levels of competence in whatever field or profession?

I've great admiration for the education system and effort in both Japan and Singapore, the two countries likeliest to be first out of the current recession, other things being equal. But I'm taken aback at the human cost being exerted therein. Theirs is a huge achievement, and their consequent ability to market professional services and professionals around the world has greatly mitigated the recent economic setbacks. But what if you could do far more than that, even, without the sacrifice? What if, in a far broader range of your people, you could establish true and effective and creative full understanding and not just subject knowledge or rote operations?

Each of the eight types of procedure self-taught in my book, Beyond Teaching And Learning, focuses on building understanding—intellectual understanding, aesthetic understanding, human understanding, even sensori-motor understanding (as in performing arts and in athletics). That understanding is far more readily built out of one's own context and background of experiences, conscious and otherwise, than it can be taught. With some of these eight types of method, years of richly understanding competence in a field or subject can be built in weeks, even days, sometimes in only hours.

Because so much of what is being learned by one or another of these eight types of method is being built from and upon what is already within the individual learner, a far wider range of people can be brought up to very high levels of competency. Or they can bring themselves up to such competency, once we or someone works various forms of these methods into content fully accessible to such a range.

Some of these effects—which can be rendered with high reliability—really have to be experienced to be believed. We are seeking to make them more and more accessible. Sooner or later enough people will have tried out these techniques and experienced firsthand the results that these will come into general practice. In the meanwhile, with a bit of wisdom and forethought, any community or country could advance its economy by getting the jump on the world in systematic sustained use of these and similar methods.

By now one can pretty readily see that each of these paths represents an alternative way in which a local community, national or regional economy can be rescued or built into a stably robust condition. Some readers may see one path as plausible and others as implausible. Each in fact is an effective plausible way. None are without problems in application, but a little dedicated attention in any of these ways can go a long way toward bringing about the desired outcomes. And...

...In point of fact, these paths are not mutually exclusive choices. Paths Two, Three and Four draw in part upon somewhat similar techniques. The five paths, including #5 below, can be used together to yield synergistically even greater benefits.

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