A Wicked, Wicked, World

If I’m being honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when signing up for Wicked Problems. For sure it wasn’t what I’ve been given, I think this class is as necessary for every major and not just DHM. So far this class has reminded me of a lot of things I’ve forgotten over the years when it comes to sustainability and how there’s a few ways I need to change. When I was in high school I first learned about sustainability, it was in the regard of basic sustainability like reducing, reusing, and recycling, and now some of the same topics I re learned and gained even more knowledge especially when it comes to clothes.

Moving on to what this class is all about; Wicked Problems, which have a few different ways to describe- a problem whose social complexity means it has no determinable stopping point. Wicked problems also has 6 characteristics that make them hard to solve; vague problem definitions, variable solutions, solutions have no end point, solutions prose irreversible effects, solutions require unique approaches, urgent. There are many wicked problems I’ve learned in the first two weeks, and I’m super intrigued to see what else I learn and maybe one day help solve problems.

An assignment we did for wicked problems was reading about Easter Island, which was so very interesting. Basically we learned that Easter Island ran out of resources, also they didn’t have particular laws in place, which is necessary. We can relate this back to our generation now especially with greed, they ran out of resources because greed was the top thing happening back then, and today there’s so much greed around everything. If there’s not laws or more regulations put in place were going to have trouble not only with waste but also things such as climate change. These problems are huge and need more and more attention as the worse they get.

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