November 25, 2010
Globe and Mail

Judith Maxwell

Wicked problems are complex and deeply rooted and they involve many stakeholders in government, business and the community. No single actor, no matter how much money and clout it has, can overcome such problems. Instead, all the stakeholders must make common cause, contributing skills, influence and resources that can make social transformation unfold.

Here is an example that worked. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) has helped more than 5,300 skilled immigrants establish professional networks through mentoring. TRIEC is a partnership of senior business leaders working with community leaders, educators and a consortium of three levels of government. None of them could have achieved this working alone.

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