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Addressing Wicked Problems: Wicked Lab’s complexity approach to systems change

The ALIVE Mental Health Research Virtual Café Translation Conversations #3 on Thursday 26th May 2022 at 2-3pm (AEST)

The ALIVE National Centre is proud to present the third instalment of Ready, Set, Translate: The ALIVE Mental Health Research Virtual Café Translation Conversations, on Thursday 26th May, 2-3pm AEST

The conversation will be hosted by the ALIVE Co-Design Living Labs Network, and will feature Emily Humphreys and Dr Sharon Zivkovic speaking on the topic: Addressing Wicked Problems: Wicked Lab’s complexity approach to systems change.

The presentation will include:

Addressing wicked problems

• Different types of problems and approaches for addressing them

• Academic and practitioner interest in taking a complexity approach to address wicked problems

• How to take a complexity approach to address wicked problems

Wicked Lab’s approach

• Alignment to the 3 requirements of a complexity approach

• Demonstration: Tool for Systemic Change

Emily Humphreys is the CEO and co-founder of Wicked Lab, a social enterprise supporting organisations and communities to create systems change for wicked problems. Emily has worked in, or alongside, technology start-ups her whole career. As CEO and Cofounder of Wicked Lab, Emily oversees the development of the Online Tool for Systemic Change, marketing and the operational delivery of the training and mentoring programs that support the implementation of the framework and Tool. Emily is a South Australian 40 under 40 award winner and is a recipient of Adelaide University’s Business Initiative Graduate (BIG) Scholarship. She is a Catalyst 2030 Australasia Chapter member and a scholar-practitioner working group. She holds a Master of Science and Technology Commercialisation (University of Adelaide), a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship (University of Adelaide) and a Bachelor of Social Science (University of Adelaide).

Dr Sharon Zivkovic is a scholar-practitioner. Her practitioner roles include Founder and CEO of Community Capacity Builders, and Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Wicked Lab. Community Capacity Builders delivers a Program for Systems Social Entrepreneurs through universities and communities. Wicked Lab delivers a Complex Systems Leadership Program and a Systemic Innovation Lab Elective to government, universities and social enterprise networks. It also licenses its Online Tool for Systemic Change which assists changemakers to address wicked problems through mapping and strengthening solution ecosystems. Sharon’s scholar roles include Board Member of the University of South Australia Yunus Social Business Centre; Adjunct member of the University of South Australia’s Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion; Adjunct Research Associate at University of South Australia Education Futures, and Visiting Fellow Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

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