How to Tackle a Wicked Problem

Free Online Workshop | Exclusive for Public Servants & Policymakers

Climate change. Terrorism. Poverty. Inequality. These are some of society’s wicked problems: issues so tangled and complex, they may seem impossible to solve.

As our world gets increasingly interconnected, the number of wicked problems we face will only grow.

That’s why Apolitical partnered with Policy Ignite on a series of workshops to showcase bright ideas in policy development. This workshop will show you what distinguishes a ‘Wicked Problem’ from an ordinary one, and equip you with the tools you need to face these problems head-on.

What you’ll learn:

  • What makes a Wicked Problem different from normal problems
  • How to adjust your thinking when tackling big challenges
  • Three different approaches to solving wicked problems, and the challenges of each!
  • Why complexity undermines band-aid fixes

Who you’ll hear from:

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur, author, teacher, and event organiser. He founded web performance startup Coradiant and the Year One Labs accelerator; wrote four books on tech and business including the best-selling Lean Analytics; and has taught Data Science and Critical Thinking at HBS. He has launched some of the world’s leading tech conferences including Cloud Connect, Strata, FWD50, and Scaletech.

Who should watch:

This workshop is for anyone working in or with government who is thinking about many of the hard problems that society faces in modern times, from systemic racism, to poverty, to political polarisation, to climate change.

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