Wicked Problems

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Wicked problems are highly complex problems. They are unstructured, open-ended; they are multi-dimensional, systemic and may have no known solution. Examples of wicked problems include climate change, inequality, environmental degradation, terrorism, global financial instability, multicultural integration or cyber security. Wicked problems may be understood as systemic dysfunctionalities within a complex system. In all cases, the problem can not be isolated and separated from the system. Because wicked problems are systemic in nature, they can be understood as an emergent phenomenon of how the local components interact, of how the system works, and not simply one part of the system, that can be isolated, tackled and solved in a traditional linear fashion.

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