Big Problem Perspectives Working Group

Northwestern Impossible Challenge competition

This annual competition began in 2015 with a generous gift from David Paul. Interdisciplinary student teams with faculty mentors apply a systematic methodology (developed by Paul) for a first-cut analysis of potential solutions to critical complex global problems.

Each year will target a different problem. The first year focus is on climate change/global warming and is implemented in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) and the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Forty-seven students are working in 9 teams with Yip-Wah Chung, Jay Goldstein, Peggy Kepuraitis Matson, Christopher Riesbeck and Mark Werwath serving as faculty mentors. For more information, visit www.isen.northwestern.edu/events/nic2015