Thinking Complexity

08 Feb 2018, 12:41 PM
Chapters 1 › Unit 1: Chart how a key variable has changed over time View instructions Hide instructions

Chart how a key variable has changed over time

This exercise will help you practice identifying a complex situation from news items. it involves drawing how something has changed over time.

The following online news story describes a recent road security campaign on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Your task is to identify the key variable and draw how it has changed over a relevant time period.

Hint: you can follow the steps in the document entitled "Spotting complexity in the news" in the additional materials.

A possible solution is available for download in the references section.

reduction in road fatalities


Over a five year period the number of road fatalities has dropped by 27%. There is no description of whether this drop happened gradually/linearly over time or suddenly - e.g. after specific education campaigns. This number might also depend on the number of drivers over the age of 65 and the number of drivers, who have just obtained their permit.

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