Oneslate is an application that can be used to try to address “wicked problems” by digitally mapping concepts in a shared idea space. Wikipedia provides the following general definition of a wicked problem:
“1. The problem is not understood until after the formulation of a solution.
2. Wicked problems have no stopping rule.
3. Solutions to wicked problems are not right or wrong.
4. Every wicked problem is essentially novel and unique.
5. Every solution to a wicked problem is a ‘one shot operation.’
6. Wicked problems have no given alternative solutions.”
The Oneslate framework works by facilitating the capture and automated playback of thought structures in all relevant contexts. Oneslate is an augmentation framework, so its utility is derived from its role serving as a conduit for communication. People’s brains initially contain the tacit knowledge which gets represented automatically following its creation and subsequent linking.
A currently observable “wicked problem” that Venture Capitalist Brad Feld in New York City asks his audience to consider is that of bridging the transition to new technical skillsets. Excerpting Brad’s post:
“The central question, it seems, is whether these new industries will employ people in the same ways and at the same rate as the lost industries. I fear that they will not. And I am certain that they will not employ unskilled labor at the same rate as the industries we have lost. Software engineers, designers,
writers, analysts, etc should be in strong demand for as far as my eye can see. But those who do not have specific skills are in for a much tougher job environment and have been for quite a while.
I am not sure exactly what to do about all of this other than work like hell to make sure as many of our young people have access to the kind of education that will give them the skills to do the work of the future. As you all know, I am working on that. And so are many others. The good news is that many people realize that’s what we need to be doing.
But will that be enough? I don’t know. I am not sure anyone
Another currently observable “wicked problem” that Economist Russ Roberts at Stanford’s Hoover Institute asks his audience to consider is that of assessing and electing correct levels of action in response to revelations regarding human impact on and time-based trends in the Earth’s environment.
Another currently observable “wicked problem” that Economist Russ Roberts at Stanford’s Hoover Institute asks his audience to consider is that of the state of education quality in America, given known things about the relationship between education and economic prosperity.
Another currently observable “wicked problem” that Economist Russ Roberts at Stanford’s Hoover Institute asks his audience to consider is that of the economic “violence trap”, which includes a tendency toward violent investments.
Another currently observable “wicked problem” that Vannevar Bush asked The Atlantic’s audience to consider in 1945 is the reaping of the economic and quality of life benefits from a well-timed transition from wartime to peacetime scientific development practices.
A vast array of problems in business strategy, governance, education, law, and life are “wicked problems” which Oneslate looks forward to helping you solve. What can you think of, that might be worth solving now?