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Uncertainty and complexity are two major patterns of social systems and when combined with the process of decision-making, there is an urge for deeper exploration on how humans reach consensus or not.

The following video is a well-worth one from Dr. Conklin, who is describing how do problems get wicked, some common responses and approaches and the unintended consequences.


By Anna-Maria Feneri, over 3 years ago

There are many cases where scholars, academics, politicians, planners, consultants etc fail to recognise a wicked problem. There are many characteristics to distinguish them but my favourite ones are the following
-Every wicked problem is unique
-There are not good or wrong solutions to a wicked problem
-Every solution to a wicked problem is a 'one shot operation'
-Every wicked problem can be a symptom of another problem
(Quoting from Dr Conklin, Rittel, Webber)

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