The Art of Solving Wicked Problems

Uit: Connecting the Dots Magazine, Dutch Design Week 2013, 19-10-2013

[..] We believe that a green, socially-inclusive and creative society is possible, because the world is full of committed entrepreneurs eager to develop sustainable, cultural and socially-engaged initiatives; people who aren’t afraid to take risks while inspiring others. With our funds we can support these innovators and help put their pioneering ideas into practice.[..]
[..] Social Design for Wicked Problems (SDFWP) is a public research project about Social Design. Today, we are facing more complex problems of a new kind. Problems that are persistent, interconnected and involve behavioural change. Problems that existing rational solutions and strategies cannot handle. Consider, for example, issues such as obesity, population shrinkage or school dropouts. SDFWP connects designers with problem owners to address pressing current issues in today’s society. SDFWP is important for DOEN because it provides understanding into the social design practice – to help both designers and clients – and contributes to further development of the social role of designers. [..]

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