In his book “Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us,” Duncan Watts explained that “plans fail, not because planners ignore common sense, but rather because they rely on their own common sense to reason about the behavior of people who are different from them.”

As development economist William Easterly explained: “A Planner thinks he already knows the answer; A Searcher admits he doesn’t know the answers in advance. A Planner believes outsiders know enough to impose solutions; A Searcher believes only insiders have enough knowledge to find solutions, and that most solutions must be homegrown.”

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