I've written several articles on the distinction between planners and searchers for BI. My experience with the planning-searching dichotomy originated with developmental economist William Easterly and his research on the international poverty war. Easterly has little use for heavy-handed central planning that seems the norm for foreign aid to impoverished countries, preferring instead the work of searchers, “who explore solutions by trial and error, have a way to get feedback on the ones that work, and then expand the ones that work, all of this in an unplanned, spontaneous way.”
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