“Wicked Problems” are defined as issues that have complex, interdependent parts.  They can be found in social, environmental and political contexts the world over. Common characteristics of Wicked Problems include:

– They are difficult to clearly define.

– They are typically the result of interrelated and conflicting issues and agendas.

– Solutions can have unforeseen consequences.

– They do not have clear right or wrong solutions, but rather are seen on a spectrum of better or worse.

– They exhibit social complexity, often with conflicting stakeholder goals. – They span across multiple sectors and stakeholders.

– They are in always in an active state, responding to changing landscapes.

– They are intertwined with chronic policy failure.