The term “Wicked problem” is a phrase used to describe an issue that ‘s hard to resolve because of incomplete, conflicting, and changing requirements that are often difficult to identify. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.
Climate change, health, environmental, degradation, poverty, sustainability, equality. These are a handful of typical wicked problems that haunt the world. Not only are they gigantic, tormenting, multifaceted and complex problems. They are problems to each and every one of us, problems which we as human beings encounter each day, problems we have created. They are the unintended consequences of previous decisions and action we as a society have taken. Why did we create them? Are we still creating them? So can’t we solve them?