Pandemic as a Wicked Problem
April 14, 2020
We will visit together virtually to consider pandemics as a wicked problem through a lens of creativity and wonder. Along with several curated readings and objects, our reflections will be guided by questions such as: How do you find inspiration to be flexible and adaptable in the midst of uncertainty? Where does your vitality and hope emerge? What can we learn from other geographies and cultures to remind us we are all in this together?
First described by Rittel and Webber in 1973 at the University of California, Berkeley, a wicked problem refers to an innate complexity. Wicked problems are often difficult to define and usually have no clear resolution. In response, traditional linear, analytical approaches are often insufficient, and thus engaging wicked problems is an ever-evolving art. Through narratives, reflective discussion, and written prompts this community of practice will celebrate the ever adaptable and sustainable human imagination we have always required to thrive and survive.
Adam Hoverman, DO MPH DTMH is a Family Medicine and Public Health Physician with Multnomah County Health Department, where he combines primary care and public health practice caring for Immigrant and Refugee populations. His research, teaching, and writing focuses on health systems strengthening via Community-Based Participatory Research and Community Health Worker training. He writes poetry in his spare time.
April 14, 2020