Wicked problems are persistent, pervasive or slippery that they appear as insoluble. They tend to morph and shift disconcertingly when we attempt to solve them. These problems require an extraordinary degree of cooperation and information sharing among states among institutions and sectors inside the state. For example, climate change, cybersecurity, and drug trafficking are often portrayed as wicked problems. The presentation surveyed some of these problems as well as the enormous cost of failing to share information among states and within the state to confront these wicked problems. Next, the presentation surveyed three common approaches used to tackle this information sharing faiure: the coerce, consent, and coax approaches. Finally, the presentation proposed a new paradigm to improve information sharing among state agencies—the economic incentives approach. The presentation concluded with examples of the economic incentives approach at work and a discussion of some of the political and ethical challenges of using the economic incentives approach.
Photos: Professor Alon Peled delivers the keynote presentation. Also present on the stage are the honorable Professor Orly Manor - Chairman of the Board, Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research, Professor Avi Israeli - Chief Scientist, Ministry of Health, and Mr. Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov – General Director, Ministry of Health.