Personally, the reading from last week, Does the Market Work Better Than Government at Transitioning to Sustainability, was the most difficult reading thus far for me to understand and analyze. Usually, I enjoy the readings, learning many new things from them, but for some reason, it was challenging for me to engage in this one. Unfortunately, I feel as if I was not much contribution to the class discussion regarding this topic. By saying that, I was able to pick up on some other students’ perspectives and gain a better understanding. I read the “Yes” version of the reading by Paul Krugman and the major takeaway I got was his argument to fight for climate change through a cap and trade program or a carbon tax. He goes on to elaborate on how carbon tax might be easier to do, but cap and trade would offer more benefits like trading.
The Wicked Problems Website explains the definition of a wicked problem and discusses each of the characteristics of what makes something truly wicked. While browsing through this website, I began to read about someone’s project, called Project Masilulek. The purpose of this is to stop the spreading of AIDS in a province located in South Africa. This province has a population of ten million people, with four million of those having AIDS. Throughout the reading he purposes the question: “how is a project of this sort possible?” and he thinks the answer is social entrepreneurship. He believes this because most people who are suffering from AIDS, do not want to be embarrassed and seen getting treatment. But with cell phones, people can access help like never before. Based on the definition of social entrepreneurship, I would have to agree, and I think this a perfect example of social entrepreneurship.
Considering I plan to one day operate a clothing store, the problem I am dealing with consists of how eCommerce stores are taking over retail stores. As I explained in detail in my Activity 3, this issue is certainly wicked and falls under each component of being a wicked problem. It is certainly a unique wicked problem and is much different than the typical climate change or textile waste problem. I am still researching, constantly discovering new components to this wicked problem. I am not quite sure what the best approach for alleviating this problem consists of, but I am certain that more awareness needs to be brought towards it. I think this is the first step towards a solution.