Innovation Solutions

Wicked Problems need WKID Innovation

At WKID Solutions, we have been working for nearly two years to develop resources to help innovators make real changes in the complex systems they navigate every day. We all see problems that we wish we could solve from obesity, employee burnout, systemic racism, to climate change.

So often, people want to dive into the solution without truly understanding the complexity of the problem and the role that they can play. This is absolutely essential because if you don’t understand your role it is very hard to contribute in a meaningful way. Realistically, no one person can solve any of these problems, but they are can be a part of a much bigger solution.

Founder, Dr. Natasha Stavros, has developed the WKID (pronounced “wicked”) Innovation framework to describe how to system engineer change to solve wicked problems.

WKID Innovation FREE Tools and Resources

Over the past two years, we have created resources to help you apply this framework:

  1. An open-access, peer-reviewed manuscript on the theoretical basis of the WKID Innovation framework, which includes a real-world example.
  2. A Concept Maturity Quiz to help you figure out where in this process you are. Learn more about the basis of the Concept Maturity Quiz in the blog post.
  3. Drafting a book on Innovation in Practice. While not publicly available yet, the first draft is complete and the second draft is in progress while we look for agents and publishers. You can sign up for our mailing list to make sure you receive updates as it becomes available.
  4. We have been creating a 12-min masterclass to engage your mind and make the connections between business, operations, research, and technology development that are necessary to create products of value. You can watch it here: