Wicked Problems and Collective Impact

Wicked problems appear impossible to solve. They are complex, long-standing, seemingly intractable, and there are divergent opinions about the ways to address them. Wicked problems do not occur in a vacuum. They are enmeshed in wider social, cultural and political issues. Typically, governments and other organizations attempt to fix wicked problems through a particular lens or focus (such as housing, education or health) when, for real and lasting impact, these problems need multidimensional, dynamic and sustained solutions.

From Applying Collective Impact to Wicked Problems in Aboriginal Health, Kylie Gwynne and Annette Cairnduff

Around the world collectives are forming in response to the ever-expanding global public health crisis. The purpose is to offer alternative public health responses and pressure governments to reconsider hysteria-based lockdowns in favour of a return to established public health evidence. This is collective impact in motion.

Examples of the collectives include:

  • United Kingdom – PCRClaims. Representing pro bono lawyers gathering evidence for negligence and malfeasance claims against Her Majesty’s Government for use of PCR testing, causing unprecedented collateral harms.
  • Australia – Covid Medical Network. Doctors and health professionals concerned about the health impacts of the lockdowns used in response to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in Victoria and across Australia.
  • Global – Great Barrington Declaration. Infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists who have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, recommending an approach called Focused Protection. (>750,000 signatures to date).
  • Germany – Corona Ausschuss. (Translated from German): The coronavirus events in Germany have now almost completely come to a standstill. A large number of studies have now shown that lethality and mortality are flu-like in proportion. The health system was not even remotely overloaded. However, the government’s corona measures, in particular the lockdown imposed in great panic, have, as is becoming increasingly clear, caused massive social, psychological, health, cultural and economic collateral damage… All persons involved are committed to the principles of scientific evidence and are willing to conduct an objective discussion on the various topics without any personal, scientific or economic conflicts of interest.
  • South Africa / Global – Pandemics Data & Analytics (aka PANDA). Our mission is simple. We see in lockdown and its related intrusions on civil liberties a serious threat not only to lives but to civilization itself. This threat must be resisted… Our view is that at this juncture, the science is quite clear on what key policy responses should be—or should have been. But this is no longer about the science, if it ever was. What is required now is a mobilisation against what is essentially an enormous public relations machine that is fuelling fear and removing agency from people’s lives the world over.

These are not small, and nor are they fringe movements. Some of the world’s most pre-eminent public health experts are signing up, coordinating or otherwise involved in various ways. Those joining these movements have nothing to gain and much to lose. Many talk of losing clients, having opinions silenced, verbal abuse, physical threats and intimidation, and employment security threatened. So much so that there are reports that many only register with the guarantee of anonymity. My prediction / hope is that as the situation evolves, less damaging views will become more and more mainstream in a watershed moment when the vast majority become anti-lockdown and claim that they always were, despite current evidence suggesting quite the opposite.

The Post Covid-19 Stockholm Peace Summit was held last week as a collective of key international experts. It begins at 14m:15s. Dr Michael Yeadon speaks from 17m:45s. Professor Christian Schubert, a psycho-neuro-immunologist speaks from 47m. Professor Martin Kulldorff speaks from 1h:12m. Although these three are scientists, they speak eloquently with passion about world events and offer information that we all deserve to hear, but which is being censored for political reasons. Then a group of lawyers discuss the various legal issues arising around the world.

Over 3,000 different strains of Covid-19 have been identified in the UK since the pandemic began. There is nothing unusual about this as viruses mutate, inevitably becoming more transmissible whilst simultaneously less virulent. This is an evolutionary mechanism for survival. One of the reasons that Ebola, for example, whilst highly transmissible, doesn’t spread in the way that viruses like influenza do, is that it is also highly virulent, meaning it efficiently kills its hosts, effectively blocking its own survival. Days ago, to justify a new lockdown which inundated London’s public transport system with hoardes of travelers escaping before the deadline, Matt Hancock made a fearful statement to parliament about a new Covid-19 strain circulating in London that is “up to 70% more transmissible”. It is difficult to understand the motivation of this claim without supporting evidence that anyone needs to feel afraid.

During this seven minutes with Clare Craig she describes the evidence around what is happening in London and the UK right now. Her views are strongly backed by evidence but she struggles to receive any attention from mainstream media outlets. For now. She is an active member of a number of collective impact groups in the UK and beyond.

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