Technology, Policy, and Sustainability

Technology, Policy, and Sustainability

This should be related much more strongly to the readings

Week 1 Assignment (1-2 pages, single spaced)The readings in the first week describe a rational, analytical approach to evaluating decisions, policies, or other changes (there are different tools and methods discussed, but they all fall under a perspective that is rational, quantitative, and based on the idea of utility maximization). In this first essay, write 1-2 pages describing what you see as the strengths and weaknesses of this analytical perspective. This may include theoretical elements (like how ethical the approach is) or practical elements (like whether the approach can be applied to real-life questions). Other questions to consider (but are not required in the essay): Is this analytical perspective better than a purely political process for making decisions? How can this perspective be brought into government decision making? In your view, are these types of analysis worth doing? Are they always worth doing, or are there certain topics where they make the most sense? Are there situations where we don’t want or need these tools to help us make decisions? In the end, governments and organizations need to make decisions and take action – how should we make those decisions?

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