Confronting the Wicked 7 challenges of our time:

May 13, 2024

In a time when the world confronts progressively existential challenges, our governments and institutions seem to be letting us down just when their support is most crucial. In order to  address these complex global problems. People need to unite our efforts collaboratively to create a shared approach to tackle these challenges by identifying and developing solutions that benefit the public and common good. 

The Wicked 7 is an open collaboration global project that provides people with knowledge to address the urgent systemic problems of the world. The project was founded in 2019 by Christian Sarkar and Philip Kotler as a spin-off on their work on brand activism concept. A wicked problem is characterized by its complexity and the challenges it poses in terms of finding solutions. These problems are tough to solve due to factors such as incomplete, contradictory, and ever-changing requirements that are often hard to identify. They are called the “Wicked 7” because they are key components of the “ecosystem of wicked problems”, intertwined and not easily solved, and yet, these are the very problems we must solve if we are to have a future.

Firstly, “The Death of Nature” summarizes a profound crisis characterized by the convergence of environmental impacts and weather-related calamities. “Inequality” has many forms such as economic, social, and workplace, where social and gender inequality is being measured. Within the realm of “Hate & Conflict”, the growing intolerance and hate fueled by racism, sexism, and extremism includes identity-based or ideological groups which create social unrest and commit acts of terror. Also, “Power & Corruption” unfurl as the dishonest conduct by those in power or those seeking to influence them using fraud and bribery.  Corruption creates a system that governs not for the many, but for the few.

Additionally, the arena of “Work and Technology”, heralds the dawn of an evolving work landscape, including the use of media to create false narratives for politics and profit. The challenge of Health and Livelihood is globally, encapsulating the pursuit of public well-being in its economic and physical dimensions. Furthermore,  “Population & Migration” unravels through escalating global populations giving way to conflicts over resources like water, energy, food, open spaces, transportation, and education. 

By acknowledging these intertwined challenges and embracing collaborative solutions, we have the potential to form a future that promotes sustainability, justice, and the well-being of all. The good news is that throughout Strategic Doing Networks, we are equipping current and future leaders to address those challenges in collaboration with the communities that are most affected by these challenges. Strategic Doing Networks provides a comprehensive framework that guides participants in leveraging collective intelligence, data-driven decision-making, and helps address interconnected challenges through collaboration. Click on this link to learn more

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