Solving Wicked Problems Despite Groupthinks


Wicked Problems

A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems……  These problems can be mitigated through the process of design, which is an intellectual approach that emphasizes empathy, abductive reasoning, and rapid prototyping.

By this definition, the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be a wicked problem, perhaps by societal and political evolution more than the micro-organism itself.  Knowledge of the virus was initially limited, requiring solutions offered through modeling based on uncertain assumptions.  The resulting predictions remain a source of many contradictory interpretations.  Multiple disciplines have knowledge to offer in epidemics and pandemics: virologists, epidemiologists, mathematicians, data analysts, engineers, anthropologists, doctors and sociologists are a few of many examples.  Outcomes…

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