Relevant to: Research, Policy, Practice
Tackling wicked problems proposes a framework for inquiries into human and environmental problems and how we might reconfigure social discourse in making decisions on complex problems that defy resolution through traditional approaches – wicked problems. The framework urges acceptance of different worldviews, multiple ways of knowing the world, and using the imagination to try to understand and act in the world. It also recognizes that the result can never be complete or final. Thus the framework presents a picture of a different form of decision-making as collective inquiry. This book urges its readers to be open to different ways of thinking, to use imagination to its fullest, and to be receptive to new ideas and new directions.
The book is presented in three parts. Part 1 presents the ideas at the heart of the book and the framework. It offers a sequence of ideas on the form that an open, critical, imaginative and collective inquiry might take.
Part two presents examples of imaginative transdisciplinary inquiry in action, across a range of issues and sectors. These examples provide the reader with the basis for critical consideration of the framework for open critical inquiry and the strategies for collective inquiry by exploring the diversity of approaches taken.
Part three explores avenues along which ideas presented in parts one and two can be applied in addressing wicked problems.
This summary was developed from the following book:
Brown V.A. , Harris J.A. and Russell J.Y. (eds) (2010) Tackling wicked problems through the transdisciplinary imagination. Earthscan Ltd, London.