“A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize.” (from wikipedia)
And the world is full of wicked problems, and it is increasing… or, at least it seems like that to me.
When something is “wicked”, it can be evil, unpleasant, mischievous or excellent. It is up to us to interpret it as a compliment or an insult. The wickedness around us maybe complicated to cope with because it contains so many stakeholders and interwoven consequences. At the same time, maybe it is cool that we are surrounded by such diversities and interconnected relationships.
Things are never so simple. We are surrounded by complicated structures and ambiguous situations. Something that seems wonderful may contain a harmful side on the other end. Trying to do good, can end up bad.
Yet, we can not give up. We live in a wicked world filled with wicked problems… with a wicked fabric in our hands.