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While wicked problems are, by definition, contested and contentious when it comes to their formulation and resolution, there’s a pretty solid consensus around wicked problem-solving methodologies. Broadly, the idea is that collaborative working practices, involving a wide variety of stakeholders with different perspectives on the problem are likely to be the most effective route in to tackling wicked problems.

Wicked problems are characterised a great deal of complexity and disagreement among stakeholders, and require coordinated action from a broad range of policy makers and practioners. Given this, so the argument runs, leaving the resolution of wicked problems to a small group of experts runs the risk of leaving important aspects of a wicked problem unarticulated and unaddressed. Each individual or group will only have a part of the story, so involving more people will allow you to see the big picture, in all its wickedly daunting form.

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