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Cut the Cause: Societal and systemic incentives that might lead an individual to engage in criminal behaviour

Format: Papers, RSD12, Topic: Culture & Society, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Michalina Fidos

A shared platform (UNNGÅ) with analytical toolsets (OARSF)

In a welfare society, members thrive without security threats, which in the 21st century are mainly caused by crimes. Criminality, as a wicked problem, shapes and impacts the reality in which we live. It is a social and complex matter that involves individuals on both ends—those who commit the crimes and their victims – as well as the justice system and the whole society, as they bear the financial burden of healthcare and welfare. Therefore, it is important to reduce the number of crimes and mitigate their impact.

Cut the Cause is a master’s project that aims to explore the complexity surrounding people’s cognition and behaviour in the face of crime, both in terms of committing a crime and responding to it. Thus, the project asks: Who is an offender, and who is a victim? It aims to capture an individual’s potential by identifying and addressing the underlying causes and the context of crimes, since crimes do not occur in isolation but rather arise from the accumulation of various societal and systemic dysfunctions. Therefore, the project aims to develop an intervention that identifies systemic gaps in the search for core reasons of a problem and redirect existing resources toward prevention. A means to achieve this goal serves the OARSF framework that consists of service and systemic design tools. The framework is a part of the UNNGÅ (Eng. avoid) platform, which serves as a space for various activities related to exchanging experiences, developing joint initiatives, conducting research, and problem-solving surrounding the issue.

Keywords: systemic design, systems oriented design, analytical toolsets, shared resources, forensic research, data analysis

RSD: Methods & Methodology, Policy & Governance, Society & Culture




Citation Data

Author(s): Michalina Fidos
Year: 2023
Title: Cut the Cause: Societal and systemic incentives that might lead an individual to engage in criminal behaviour
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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