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Engineering for Humanity - Oakland Campus: Wicked Problems

Designed to provide resources related to sustainability for students in ENGR 1060/2060 Social Entrepreneurship: Engineering for Humanity.


Definition: Wicked Problems

"'Wicked problem' is a phrase originally used in social planning to describe a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize.

The term ‘wicked’ is used, not in the sense of evil but rather its resistance to resoluation. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems."

- From the Wikipedia entry on Wicked Problem

Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving