Blogging on the bus: floods, mental health and more wicked problems

A brief post as I make my way, by bus, to a meeting at the University Hospital of Wales.

What’s the connection between the prevention of floods (noting the terrible weather we’ve been having, again) and the promotion of mental health? Both are problems of the wicked variety. Here I’m using ‘wicked’ in the way I used it in my previous posts, with due acknowledgment of Rittel and Webber and their 1973 paper. Flood management and improving mental health and well-being are complex problems. Responsibilities are dispersed across different people, groups and organisations. There are no ‘stopping rules’, in that there is potentially no end to what could be done.

That’s it: bus journey over.


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