Wicked Problems

Interesting exctract from Jon Kolko’s description about Wicked Problems

“Because “every wicked problem is a symptom of another problem,” any wicked problem is too big for a single-tiered approach. Poor people in the targeted communities don’t have fresh vegetables because their neighborhoods don’t have stores that sell them. That’s an economic problem. They don’t drive to other areas because they can’t afford cars. That’s also economic. They can’t take the bus, because the city voted for the bus line to serve only other, less impoverished areas. That’s a policy issue. The city voted that way because more voters live in more affluent areas. Now we’re back to economics. And residents of more affluent areas are more likely to vote because they learned the democratic process (education), whereas poor people might have missed those lessons because of inferior schools in their districts, which again come down to economics.”


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