It Takes a Region Conference - 2016

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The 2016 Conference - Solving Wicked Problems in Food Systems

The 2016 conference theme was Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems. Wicked problems are not any old problems that just won’t go away. They are longstanding, complex, and difficult to define. “Wicked” does not imply “evil,” rather it means “hard to fix.”  Wicked problems are caused by multiple factors and lack agreed-upon solutions. The complex and uncertain nature of these issues requires broad engagement and dialogue from all who are impacted. In our collective work towards food system sustainability and justice, we constantly encounter wicked problems: food insecurity, farm viability, racism, and climate change to name a few. While we cannot expect immediate solutions, we can collaborate across sectors to mitigate short-term impacts and develop workable, longer-term approaches to these intractable issues.

Read a Recap of the 2016 Conference

To learn more about Wicked Problems, check out these readings:
Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving
Tackling Wicked Problems through the Transdisciplinary Imagination


Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!


Food Studies: BS/MS/CAS