Wicked Problems: Design Thinking for Theological Education, Public Theology and the Church

Kate Common

Design theorists define ‘Wicked Problems’ as intersectional problems, part of a broad range of interlocking systems that cannot be solved in a simple linear way but must be approached from a variety of different perspectives—designers are experts in solving wicked problems.

‘Wicked problems’ is an apt way to describe many of the issues public theologians address as well as describing the problems of decline facing many churches and theological educational institutions. From the vantage point of both a designer and feminist theologian, Kate Common will address how design thinking and designers can become valuable partners for helping theologians and theological institutions tackle their wicked problems.