Revisiting the original paper on “wicked” problems

The foresight field has long suggested that modern models of planning and ‘classical approaches’ to policy have serious short-comings. In particular it has critiqued the focus on prediction (‘predict-then-act’) and on control. In my view some of these critiques go too far, such as some colleagues who have argued that we should “rid the world …

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The capacity for futures work to help address “super wicked” (or just “wicked”) problems

Over the last week or so I’ve come to realise a lot of my reading and thinking has an implicit focus, which I ought to make much more explicit. That is: the capacity of futures work (or “applied foresight” or “futures research” as many folk call it) to help us to more effectively address complex …

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Initial thoughts on futures practices for sustainability

In early June, I’m giving a talk to the Centre for Sustainability Leadership on futures thinking and techniques (for the Melbourne Fellowship Program). This post is an initial “idea dump” which I’ll revisit over the next month. It also picks up on some themes I’ve spotted in relevant literature, such as on “wicked”/”super-wicked” problems and …

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