One thing I learned, is that although that there are many social problems in our community, there are many who are already implementing efforts to curb these issues. There are a significant number of resources and services available for the all of the issues addressed by the groups. All though there are existing efforts and some have started to combat these various issues, these problems still require greater value and attention than they are now receiving if we wish to adequately address them.
This opportunity allowed me to learn so much in such a short amount of time. It seemed that all of the groups seemed to discover some potential root problems, as well as obvious gaps in relation to solutions to the problems. It seemed to me, that one of the recurring problems was the need for the current actors to better coordinate, collaborate, and communicate in order to make their services more effective and efficient. It made me think that organizations may become so caught up in their work, that they forget to step back, look at the problem on more of a macro-level and map out the problem in a similar way that we were assigned to do. Seems that periodically and continually exploring and mapping out the problem would be a critical component of creating and sustaining solutions.
This activity also reinforced the complexity of seeking to comprehensively address social problems. When ever we seek to examine and understand a problem, we do so through our own limited perceptions and experiences. Thus, many perspectives are needed to more accurately discern all the contributing factors, and triangulate the interactions and influences which constitute the root problems. We need interdisciplinary cooperation and the greatest depths of knowledge and understanding if we wish, first to accurately understand the problems, and then create to and innovative solutions.