Monitorama - Our Most Wicked Problem

Monitorama - Our Most Wicked Problem

“Wicked Problems are difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The term ‘wicked’ is used to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil.”

The increasingly homogenous landscape of tech is becoming a more difficult problem to solve each year as more people enter. We no longer recognize symptoms as they’ve become normalized. In this talk, we’ll discuss why the lack of diversity in tech is Wicked Problem and what we’re trying to do about it.

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Ashe Dryden

May 05, 2014
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  1. @ashedryden our most wicked problem

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  4. @ashedryden http://censemaking.com/2012/02/13/the-wicked-problem-of-wicked-problems/

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  7. @ashedryd en ! ! jurassic snark @ashedryden At the intersection

    of tech and culture, ending programmer apocrypha. ! Patron Saint of Catmoms.
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  19. @ashedryden the hardest problem in computer science

  20. @ashedryden Women Hispanic Black Asian White 0% 25% 50% 75%

    100% Tech Industry US Population
  21. @ashedryden 56% of women

  22. @ashedryden resistance to resolution, rather than evil

  23. @ashedryden four reasons:

  24. @ashedryden incomplete or contradictory knowledge

  25. @ashedryden people & opinions involved

  26. @ashedryden large economic burden

  27. @ashedryden dependency hell

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  29. @ashedryden fam ily & com m unity education industry society

    class
  30. @ashedryden family & community education industry society class

  31. @ashedryden class

  32. @ashedryden class education access to technology in-life role models &

    mentors free time
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    mentors free time
  34. @ashedryden class language race & ethnicity gender ability country of

    origin & immigration status
  35. @ashedryden http://censemaking.com/2012/02/13/the-wicked-problem-of-wicked-problems/

  36. @ashedryden characteristics:

  37. @ashedryden understood after potential solution

  38. @ashedryden no stopping rule

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  40. @ashedryden not true or false, but good or bad

  41. @ashedryden no enumerable set of solutions

  42. @ashedryden http://censemaking.com/2012/02/13/the-wicked-problem-of-wicked-problems/

  43. @ashedryden super wicked problems

  44. @ashedryden solvers are also the creators

  45. @ashedryden change the people, change the system

  46. @ashedryden (hint: the system is made of people)

  47. @ashedryden family & community education industry society class

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  49. @ashedryden educating

  50. @ashedryden listening

  51. @ashedryden empathy

  52. @ashedryden collaboration

  53. @ashedryden behavior

  54. @ashedryden influence

  55. @ashedryden power

  56. @ashedryden http://censemaking.com/2012/02/13/the-wicked-problem-of-wicked-problems/

  57. @ashedryden thanks! i’m @ashedryden

  58. @ashedryden resources •Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Wicked_problem •Stanford Social Innovation Review

    - http:// www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/ wicked_problems_problems_worth_solving •Petrie Multiplier - http://iangent.blogspot.com/ 2013/10/the-petrie-multiplier-why-attack-on.html •Ethics of Unpaid Labor and the OSS Community - http://www.ashedryden.com/blog/the-ethics-of- unpaid-labor-and-the-oss-community