Maxwell Conference: Managing Wicked Problems in the 21st Century

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Friday, April 4, 2014 - Saturday, April 5, 2014
5:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Eggers Hall 220, Syracuse University

Event Description: We will discuss the nature of “wicked problems” -- complex, boundary-spanning issues which require the engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders in devising multi-faceted solutions. Including: the Environment-Water-Energy Nexus, K-12 Education, and Interstate Security Challenges.

In the 21st century the boundaries of our cities and nations are becoming ever more porous. In many instances, it's not clear where a national government's authority begins and ends and where problems become international in nature. Environmental issues cross borders with impunity. To address national security challenges requires international cooperation and managing health and education deficiencies among the poor and disadvantaged are now international endeavors.

These large, international problems are increasingly being thought of as "wicked problems"-- complex, boundary-spanning issues which require the engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders in devising multi-faceted solutions. Join us April 5 to explore the nature of wicked problems and what solutions are being tried on the front lines. We will engage a number of interdisciplinary topics.

Our keynote speaker, Kirk Emerson will speak on "The Changing Governance Context." Emerson is Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance at the School of Government and Public Policy, The University of Arizona and the former director of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution of the Morris K. Udall Foundation (1998-2008). Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Emerson worked in urban planning for eight years at the Bucks County Planning Commission in Pennsylvania, first as an environmental planner and then as the director of countywide planning.

Additional details about the event are available on the website.The conference will start with a networking event at the InnComplete on South Campus, Syracuse Unviersity, on Friday April 4th 5:30 --7:30 pm and continue Saturday April 5th at Eggers Hall 220 from 8:30 am -- 5:30 pm. Registration requested by March 31st.

Jack Becker

Sponsor: Maxwell Public Administration International Relations Association

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