Saturday, January 2, 2010

Commandeering Words

Today I found out that a "wicked problem" is a technical term in the field of social planning that refers to

a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.

"super wicked problems" are wicked problems where

Time is running out.
There is no central authority.
Those seeking to solve the problem are also causing it.

the cited example is global climate change. hahaha

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