The WickeD Problems


1. food security and chain efficiency





2. Water pollution

This Wicked Problem session will be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The central question of the session will be:

“How can potato value chains in Kenya be improved and by which actors in and related to this chain can this be done in such a way that it leads to less food losses and (directly and indirectly) improves food security (in terms of access to food for local populations)?”

 A value chain is the complete set of steps that take a product from its origin to its destination, i.e. 'from farm to fork'.

In 2014 an inventory overview study “Reducing food wastage, improving food security” has been conducted within the Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform (one of the five Knowledge Platforms for International Development) on the relation between food wastage and food security. Based on the existing literature on food losses, it made clear that the food wastage issue cannot be solved in a single stroke. Interventions, although important, often do not make a significant contribution on their own, but can do so when embedded in a broader and joint integrated value chain or food system approach with an eye on context-specific circumstances. In this session will be discussed how realisation of this approach can be initiated and by whom.

The Wicked World session taking place in the Impact Hub Floripa in Brazil focusses on water pollution in Florianopolis. Florianopolis is formed by one main island (the Island of Santa Catarina or Ilha de Santa Catarina) and a continental part as well as surrounding small islands in the South region of Brazil. Even though the city is known for having a very high quality of life and is ranked as the country's third highest Human Development Index score among all Brazilian cities (0.847), serious problems are encountered concerning the water quality. (See:Pollution-results:Florianopolis). This is even more interesting as many small commercial fishermen populate the island. After constant water shortages and problems in the distributed water quality related to parameters like color and transparency of the water supplies of Florianópolis, an inspection was recently carried out. The resulting findings of the state Sanitary Surveillance on the water quality, showed large amounts of fecal coliform (a facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped, gram-negative, non-sporulating bacterium which produces acid and gas from lactose) as well as the presence of metals harmful to health (fluoride ions, aluminum). However, not only Florianopolis but most parts of the world have serious water quality problems, affecting the health of many people. This Wicked problem can only be solved by including all stakeholders when looking for a solution. This is what we aim for during the Wicked World session that will take place in the Impact Hub Floripa in Brazil on the 20th of November. 



3. Education indicators

Education is one of the most important aspects of a society and learning is a life long process. Having personal insights into what is being learnt and how it is learnt would be a good way to appreciate this process and eventually influence it to make it more efficient. Yet education is most often conducted in a uniform way because of the lack of data needed to get to such insights. The resulting policies are thus non-informed and may not be as fit to the learners as they could, and should, be.

4. climate and citizen


5. Global poverty and tax evasion

Our traditional energy resources are slowly being exhausted. New forms of energy are being developed that are renewable and will thus never be exhausted. Will this be the solution to a sustainable future? Or will it actually cause new problems?


End all poverty everywhere. With the Sustainable Development Goals all world leaders agreed to the goal that global poverty has to be ended by 2030. An action plan is however absent. Developing countries are losing hundreds to thousands billions dollars of income worldwide due to (offshore) tax avoidance. This loss is far bigger than these countries receive in development aid. Here lies the heart of the problem. Tax income could be essential to invest in basic social services such as education, health care and infrastructure. But countries around the world are bound up in a “race to the bottom” to attract companies by offering the lowest tax rates. After all, a favourable tax environment is beneficial for our Dutch welfare state. How did we get in this rat race? And how do we get out?

6. The Migrant Crisis

Bintou Kamara, the initiator of the Session on Migrant Crisis 

Bintou Kamara, the initiator of the Session on Migrant Crisis 










This is without a doubt one of most important, complex, and multifaceted issues of this time. As a result of war, economic hardship, and regional unrest, we are seeing a big wave of migrants coming from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Most of them end up in Europe, others have tried to reach the shores of Australia. The number that have reached Italian shores this year have already exceed the 24,000 mark.These migrants are some of the most vulnerable people. Many of them are persecuted back home. Others are trying to escape extreme poverty and a complete lack of future prospects.

Bintou Kamara and Papa Makhtar are the initiators of the Session on the Migrant Crisis. They are currently running the Campaign Simaya

Simaya wants to spread and post information about the dangers that migrants face when they flee to Europe. It wants to make the West African youth conscious and aware that Europe is not the Eldorado they think it is. It wants address the difficulties and realities before they flee. Simaya wants to prevent them from leaving. 

Target group: Economy refugees from West Africa 

Achieved so far

  1. Start campaign
  2. Website (almost ready)
  3. Network of agents who represent the campaign and spread the word/information – all over Europe.
  4. Millions of people reached through social media & What’s on
  5. Impact: people have cancelled their trip

Wicked Problem Session - this session will be based on the WPP methodology, combined with Design Thinking and Art of Hosting

The Key Question: what is making the youth leave and come to Europe and how can we prevent that?

A living wage is defined as the wage that can meet the basic needs to maintain a safe, decent standard of living within the community. Not all actors in the global value chain earn such a living wage, which means that they do not have sufficient resources to meet their needs. But living wage has problematic symptoms. Employers, for example, tend to hire fewer people which thus leads to a higher unemployment rate. How can we tackle the wickedness of low wage labour?

This session was held on 4 September in the Impact Hub Amsterdam and initiated by FairWear. The Next Steps that came out of this session will be presented on our Bee Collective partnerpage on 1%CLUB on November 20. You can sign up for the ToDo's there. Blogs about this session can be found here and here