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Anyone who has attempted a crossword puzzle understands wicked problems. One wrong letter and the whole solution collapses, elegance becomes a mess. So too in life: complexity makes systems less robust. Solutions are rarely linear – unlike a crossword puzzle, wicked problems have no preordained solution. There are many possibilities.
The latest edition of Griffith Review addresses diverse wicked problems and exquisite dilemmas: Barbara Gunnell considers the legacy of Julian Assange and the glut of Wikileaks information, Matthew Condon comes to terms with too much water and the floods of 2011, Greg Lockhardt reveals the legacy of wartime deception, John van Tiggelen confronts the myths of the bush, and Wendy McCarthy reflects on women in charge.
Other writers consider what happens when design-led thinking, marrying analysis with applied creativity, meets intractable problems…one step at a time. Griffith Review 32: Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas ranges widely, from myth and information, innovation and evidence to sustainability and happiness.
It cannot be said often enough: Griffith Review is the best literary journal in Australia…Each essay and memoir is like a great meal. It fills the reader with thoughts and leaves them deeply satisfied.