Wicked Problems and Why They’re Difficult to Approach

Before I joined the “Wicked Problems of the Industrial Practice” class, I had no clue what a wicked problem was. I knew that certain problems couldn’t be solved easily, but the title of a “wicked” problem was an entirely new concept to me. However, with this new information, I have learned so much in regard to the state that our planet is in. It has made me realize the ignorance of others, which alone is disappointing. It makes me wish others would take responsibility and educate themselves for the betterment of our only planet. While all variables of what make a problem wicked are equally important, I do believe that the “solution having no endpoint” part stands out. This part, to many people is very discouraging.

When facing problems, many people choose to face them head-on. With wicked problems, it’s impossible to have this approach. Everything relating to them is longitudinal, resulting in negligence from many. This, as a result makes the problem worse, as shown from multiple sources. “The 11th Hour”, for example, shows multiple examples of how negligence from multiple sources has taken its toll on our planet. From global warming, to oil spills and air pollution, the planet has significantly been giving us signs of how it can only get worse.

These signs have been showing for multiple generations, meaning that the responsibility does not only apply to us of the younger generation. All humans, together, hold responsibility for the state of the planet. Therefore, these parties should begin to act like it. Now, my carbon footprint might not be the best, but I try to consciously make an effort to recycle and reduce waste to try and slow down global warming. Others should try and do the same as a start towards approaching some wicked problems.

Overall, this week left me feeling better informed on the premise of wicked problems, and I’m excited to learn more!

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