Wicked Solutions Domain – Poverty – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Wicked Solutions Domain – Poverty

Michael McCallig


Pronouns: He/Him/His

Research Mentor(s): Audrey Bennett, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Stamps School of Art & Design,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 15
Presenter: 6

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Across the world there are certain “wicked” problems that face us including poverty. The goal this term was to compile existing design interventions that address this wicked problem among others towards providing access to them by professional designers and lay communities. After we find the solutions that already exist for these problems the plan is to create a central location that will serve as a resource for communities wishing to tackle these issues themselves. This term, we conducted secondary research by scouring scholarly articles and books for design interventions that could populate our database, as well as other articles that can serve as background information for the problem as a whole. After we compile the list of solutions to the wicked problems we will visualize them in a format similar to that of the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus pandemic map. The format will be based on Professor Bennett’s “wicked solutions” diagram and will be called Wicked Solutions Domain (WISDOM). The aim with the WISDOM platform is to make a long lasting and meaningful impact on the aforementioned wicked problem that is impacting communities globally, and aid designers around the globe in combating it.

Authors: Michael McCallig
Research Method: Survey Research

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