Tackling Wicked Problems

The challenge, as Albert Einstein once remarked, is that "the problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." Our generation is faced with many wicked problems that are by definition large, messy, complex and systemic so there are no easy solutions.

Some of yesterday's attempts to fix these problems generated unforeseen consequences ... but not right away. Too often what works in the short-term makes things worse in the long-term, and what works in the long-term makes things worse in the short-term, leaving us confused and frustrated with our attempts to solve the wicked problems.

Tackling Wicked Problems is about helping problem-solvers develop the skills to break through barriers and accomplish meaningful change. After all, we all know that programs and strategies don't solve problems: people do.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is committed to moving this important work forward in our community by nurturing a change of mindset across all sectors and encouraging the development of initiatives that bring about real and lasting change.

News, upcoming events & opportunities

Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team (POINT)

POINT is an initiative built on a shared desire for all people in Northeast Wisconsin to be self-sufficient and able to participate fully in the life of the community. The initiative will use continuous improvement processes to strengthen existing poverty reduction efforts, address service gaps and measure our progress on reducing the percentage of people living poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.

Who Should Participate in POINT?

  • Health care organizations (health systems, primary care, community health centers)
  • Government agencies
  • Mental and behavioral health services organizations
  • Local community-based organizations
  • Educational institutions and supportive organizations
  • Local businesses
  • Financial services organizations
  • Faith-based groups
  • Human and social services organizations
  • Housing organizations
  • Job training and workforce development organizations

Background Resources

Group discussion notes - 12/15/2015

Listen to the recording of an informational WebEx call held Jan. 6, 2016

View slide deck from informational WebEx call held Jan. 6, 2016

POINT / Frequently Asked Questions

POINT Prospectus (draft)

Timeline of Initiative

Learning Session 1 | Feb. 17-18, 2016

Bootcamp | Feb. 18-19, 2016

Learning Session 2 (TBD)

Content Calls (ongoing)

For further information, please contact Amy Putzer, Director of Programs, at 920-426-3393 or amy@oshkoshareacf.org.


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Sarah Bassing-Sutton

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Mark Rohloff

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Jeff Gilderson-Duwe


We are excited to take this journey together! Please contact us with your thoughts, ideas and questions.

'We can only move at the speed of trust."
-- Mike Soika, Milwaukee Succeeds

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