Tackling Wicked Problems

Tackling Wicked Problems
Author: John Harris,Valerie A Brown,Jacqueline Russell
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2010-09-23
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9781136531446

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From climate change to GM foods, we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems. This book offers a transdisciplinary, open approach for those working towards resolving these 'wicked' problems and highlights the crucial role of this 'transdisciplinary imagination' in addressing the shift to sustainable futures. Tackling Wicked Problems provides readers with a framework and practical examples that will guide the design and conduct of their own open-ended enquiries. In this approach, academic disciplines are combined with personal, local and strategic understanding and researchers are required to recognise multiple knowledge cultures, accept the inevitability of uncertainty, and clarify their own and others' ethical positions. The authors then comment on fifteen practical examples of how researchers have engaged with the opportunities and challenges of conducting transdisciplinary inquiries. The book gives those who are grappling with complex problems innovative methods of inquiry that will allow them to work collaboratively towards long-term solutions.

Tackling Wicked Government Problems

Tackling Wicked Government Problems
Author: Jackson Nickerson,Ronald P. Sanders
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2014-11-01
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780815726401

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How can government leaders build, sustain, and leverage the cross-organizational collaborative networks needed to tackle the complex interagency and intergovernmental challenges they increasingly face? Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders draws on the experiences of high-level government leaders to describe and comprehensively articulate the complicated, ill-structured difficulties they face—often referred to as "wicked problems"—in leading across organizational boundaries and offers the best strategies for addressing them. Tackling Wicked Government Problems explores how enterprise leaders use networks of trusted, collaborative relationships to respond and lead solutions to problems that span agencies. It also offers several approaches for translating social network theory into practical approaches for these leaders to build and leverage boundary-spanning collaborative networks and achieve real mission results. Finally, past and present government executives offer strategies for systematically developing enterprise leaders. Taken together, these essays provide a way forward for a new cadre of officials better equipped to tackle government's twenty-first-century wicked challenges.

Leadership for Sustainability

Leadership for Sustainability
Author: R. Bruce Hull,David P. Robertson,Michael Mortimer
Publsiher: Island Press
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2020-11-17
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9781642831672

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Solving today’s environmental and sustainability challenges requires more than expertise and technology. Effective solutions will require that we engage with other people, wrestle with difficult questions, and learn how to adapt and make confident decisions despite uncertainty. We need new approaches to leadership that empower professionals at all levels to tackle wicked problems and work towards sustainability. Leadership for Sustainability gives readers perspective and skills for promoting creative and collaborative solutions. Blending systems thinking approaches with leadership techniques, it offers dozens of strategies and specific practices that build on the foundation of three main skills: connecting, collaborating, and adapting. Inspiring case studies show how the book’s strategies and principles can be applied to diverse situations: Coordinating the activities of widely dispersed individuals and groups who may not even know they are connected, illustrated by the work of urban planners, local businesses, citizens, and other stakeholders advancing ambitious climate action goals via a Community Energy Plan in Arlington County, Virginia Collaborating with diverse stakeholders to span boundaries despite their differences of opinion, expertise, and culture, as illustrated by the bold actions of a social entrepreneur who transformed the global food service industry with the “plant-forward” movement Adapting to continuous change and confounding uncertainty, as a small nonprofit organization mobilizes partners to tackle poverty, water scarcity, sanitation, and climate change in rural India Readers will come away with a holistic understanding of how to lead from where they are by applying leadership principles and practices to a wide range of wicked situations. While the challenges we face are daunting, the authors argue that these situations present opportunities for creating a more just, healthy, and prosperous world.

Tackling Wicked Problems

Tackling Wicked Problems
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 38
Release: 2007
Genre: Australia
ISBN: 0980397847

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Tackling Wicked Problems in Complex Ecologies

Tackling Wicked Problems in Complex Ecologies
Author: Rodney Kofi Hopson,Fiona Cram
Publsiher: Stanford Business Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2018
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 1503600718

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Traversing the range of problem-solving contexts that make up the frontier of evaluation, this book demonstrates how the tools of the trade can address wicked problems in complex ecologies around the global scale. The editors and authors frame their approach in terms of evaluation's relevance, the relationships that it enables, and the responsibilities that it requires.

Sustainable Development Teaching

Sustainable Development Teaching
Author: Katrien Van Poeck,Leif Östman,Johan Öhman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2019-05-08
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781351124331

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The aim of this book is to support and inspire teachers to contribute to much-needed processes of sustainable development and to develop teaching practices and professional identities that allow them to cope with the specificity of sustainability issues and, in particular, with the teaching challenges related to the ethical and political dimension of environmental and sustainability education. Bringing together recent scholarship on the topic, this book translates state-of-the-art academic research into teaching models, methods and tools. Starting with an outline of the challenge of sustainability, it offers insights and models for understanding the interesting yet ambiguous concept of ‘sustainable development’ and the complex process of transforming society in a more sustainable direction (Part I). It then goes on to provide a guide to preparing courses and lessons as well as tools for reflection about teaching practices and the multiplicity of approaches to addressing ethical and political challenges in sustainable development teaching (Part II). Finally, the book offers useful conceptual frameworks, models and typologies about the concrete design and implementation of sustainable development teaching (Part III). This book will be essential reading for students of education, as well as teachers in compulsory and higher education and sustainability education researchers.

Dialogue Mapping

Dialogue Mapping
Author: Jeffrey Conklin
Publsiher: Wiley
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2006-01-09
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 0470017686

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In contrast to the use of agendas and restrictive structures, dialogue mapping is a facilitation technique that allows the intelligence and learning of the group to emerge naturally. Each participant can see how their comments contribute (or don't) to the coherence and order of the group's thinking. The first full-length book to bring dialogue mapping to a wider audience, Dialogue Mapping provides an exciting new conceptual framework that will change the way readers view projects and project management.

The Wicked Problem of Forest Policy

The Wicked Problem of Forest Policy
Author: William Nikolakis,John L. Innes
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2020-07-30
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9781108471404

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Provides a global analysis of policies to address deforestation, an important driver of climate change.