Wicked Problems: Inmate Rehabilitation and Its Possible Causes and Solutions

As part of their course LFCS01, first-year LFC students have written policy solution papers about wicked problems. Wicked problems are issues that are difficult or impossible to solve. Students were asked to detect and discuss a wicked problem and develop possible policy solutions to overcome the problem. Next we will publish some of the students’ works.

Wicked problems are defined as “complex, unpredictable, open ended, or intractable” (Head & Alford, 2015). Social problems are inherently wicked, as they are concerned with governmental and policy planning, which depend on political judgement (Ritter & Webber 1973). Therefore, they are not subject to a final solution, but demand constant reassessment. Here we present some possible causes and solutions to inmate rehabilitation.

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Mind-maps: sustainability, corporate sustainability and CSR

First-year LFC students were asked to draw mind-maps based on a lecture by Dr. Anna Heikkinen and a set of assigned readings to understand how the concepts of sustainability, corporate sustainability and CSR (corporate social responsibility) are defined, what the differences of these concepts are and to what other concepts they are related. Mind-maps are a good tool to help with conceptual clarity and to discover connections between the concepts. Drawing them may also be useful when trying to focus on listening to a lecture — especially in the current on-line settings. Here, we are publishing several examples of LFC students’ creations, both hand-drawn as well as compiled on computer.

Hyeseong Kim

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Saara Kankaanrinta: “It’s not the Cow, but How”

On April 24,  we had the pleasure to listen to a lecture by Saara Kankaanrinta, who is an environmental influencer with many tools and says that “everything I do, is for the nature and for the Baltic Sea”. Kankaanrinta is involved in the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), which is an independent foundation aiming to restore the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea by uniting resources of the public, private and third sectors. She is also one of the founders of the Qvidja Farm, that is addressing climate-related issues with a holistic and systematic approach, which will be introduced in more detail below.

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Raisa Foster: “Everything we have taken for granted has suddenly collapsed”

Based on Raisa Foster’s online lecture ‘Art, EcoJustice, and Leadership’ on 20.03.2020

We are living in an era of eco-social crisis, says Dr. Raisa Foster, a multidisciplinary artist and scholar based in Finland. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing background crises, she claims that “everything we have taken for granted has suddenly collapsed”.


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Sonja Finér: “Socially just transition to a carbon neutral society”

“Socially just transition to a carbon neutral society” is the topic presented by Sonja Finér, Executive Director of Finnwatch, at a serial event hosted at Tampere University by the students of the Leadership for Change Master´s programme.

Sustainability is an important topic for the majority of program students, and the practical implications as well as a better understanding of “social justice” which then leads to “just transition” is a good start for building the knowledge.

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New academic year has begun: We welcome the new LFC students

The new academic year has began, and the Master’s programme “Leadership for change” has welcomed 27 new students: 9 students at each track (business studies, politics, and governance). We wish the students all the best in pursuing their studies!

Orientation day, 20.08.2019: the Dean, Matti Sommarberg, is welcoming new students of the LFC master’s programme