April 18, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Vermeer
Duke, Executive Director – Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment and Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy and Environment

Wicked problems differ from conventional problems by virtue of their complexity, unboundedness, multiple stakeholders, and resistance to resolution. Wicked problems exist in many domains, including environmental degradation, global pandemics, inequality, and nuclear disarmament. Despite the world’s problems becoming increasingly wicked, we still rely heavily on frameworks and tools that were created to address more discrete challenges. In this session, Dr. Vermeer will discuss how methods of design thinking and scenario planning can be productively used to tackle perhaps the world’s most wicked problem: climate change.

Learn More About the Speaker
Dr. Daniel Vermeer directs Duke University’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE), an initiative that harnesses the power of business to meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life. His areas of expertise include water management, sustainable agriculture, value chain analysis, resource productivity, efficiency, product certification, and low-carbon development. He is the founder of the Global Water Challenge, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate, and lead contributor to policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation.