How Wicked Are Your Problems?
Ever heard of a “wicked problem”? If you haven’t, then you may find the concept intellectually stimulating, head scratching and often frustrating. The idea that there are problems that, for the most part, have no testable solution is somewhat counter-intuitive.
Odds are, you or anyone else has encountered a wicked problem that is localized to an organization (or the organization’s industry). I say this because after way too many hours of googling, I could not find a single example of a wicked problem that wasn’t global in nature—or an example of one that related to an industry.
This brought me to wonder why anyone (other than quest chasers) would spend so much time, money and brain power trying to tackle issues and problems that, by their nature, have no actionable solution or commonly agreed upon outcome(s).
Yet there are massive amounts of effort, billions (even trillions) of dollars and other resources being spent on trying to solve wicked problems, including:
- Climate change
- Avoidance of an extinction-level event asteroid strike
- Pandemic prevention
- International drug trafficking
- Global nuclear weapons disarmament,
- Social injustice
- Lasting peace in the Middle East
- World hunger
Few, if any, would question the nobleness of trying to find lasting remedies to the above examples. Yet,
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