art & conversation on climate & change


Why questions? Questions are powerful tools for rebellion. Why wicked? "Wicked Problems" come from the scientific world that sees these problems as difficult or impossible to solve. "Wicked Questions" come from the facilitation world and are questions that provoke deep inquiry, creative problem solving and expose assumptions.

Climate change is huge. The process we've developed to find your wicked question takes you on a personal journey into your passions and deep emotions, and can help you focus in on what is really core for you and your communities.

This can be done in small or large groups by partnering with someone. It can also be done solo, though working with a partner is optimal. Use this process with your friends, family, and community.

Ready? Let's Go!

What You Need

  • a partner (preferred)
  • Something to write with and on
  • time, quiet and open heart
  • something creative on which to write your final question
  • a camera
  • a way to share
Work with a Partner Work Solo

Working with a Partner


This is not a conversation. You are recording, prompting with questions and reflecting back.


Ask them "what is in your heart about climate change?"


Take notes to get their language. You want their words and structure to be up front. Try to not ask them to slow down/stop. This can stop their flow. Keep up as best you can.


Use prompts like: Why do you think that?" "Tell me more about ____" "What is at the heart of ____ for you?" Or go back to their answer for your opening question "what is in your heart about climate change."


Mirror back their words and actions in ways that are supportive and authentic to the person. Notice body language to gauge level of excitement, engagement or heart connection - this will clue you into what they are passionate about - even if they haven't identified it as such. Tell them what you notice. MORE ?'s


If a concept comes up a few times, tell them "this seems really important to you." And see if it fits in the question somewhere


Ask permission if you can formulate a question. Using their words, consolidate them into a question. Begin the WQ with "How/What/Why" avoiding questions that can be answered with YES/NO or ONE WORD. Always ask "does this sound authentic to you?" "What resonates with you?" "What would you change?" Check that the questioners voice has not been overshadowed or misinterpreted.

If they don't want you to formulate a question, you can prompt them by: a). reading back their words; b). telling them you noticed their body language changed; or c). if they got excited/quiet/emotional about something.



When a question is written - step back and look at it. Does it get to deep issues they were talking about? If people are using YOU/YOUR, see if WE/OUR works. Ask more than once if this feels like their final question. If not - go back to FIRST WQs.


Now you are ready to make your Wicked Question visible.

Working Solo

As suggested, it is better to work with a partner, for many reasons. However, we want anyone who wants to participate, to do so. We've developed an extensive solo process outlined in the PDF.

Below is a much abbreviated version to get you started. You will NEED the same things as above, including 15 - 20 minutes time.


Ask yourself, "when I think about climate change, what do I feel in my heart?" If you can't tell, try: "what am I passionate about?"

Write the answers - without judgement. Pay attention to how they feel in your body - do they resonate? Do they stir? Do you not feel anything?


It's important to go beyond that initial response and keep writing about what you are feeling. Or go for a walk, dance, take a bath, knit, go for a ride... A good way to go deeper is to ask yourself WHY? Or use prompts like: "Why do I think that?" "What is at the heart of that for me?"


If a concept comes up a few times, notice that this is probably something that is important to you. See if it fits in the question somewhere.


Using your writings, circle things that are repeats, you feel have the most power, you notice body language changing or you get emotional. Start forming a question.

The best questions begin with "How/What/Why" avoiding questions that can be answered with YES/NO or a few words. Ask yourself "What would I change?" "What about this does/doesn't resonate?"



When you find a question, say it out loud. Sit with it for a bit. Pay attention to how it feels. Ask yourself, "does it get to my deep issues?" "Does this feel like my Wicked Question?" If not, go back to the previous step.

Lastly, if you have used YOU/YOUR, see if WE/OUR works.


Now you are ready to make your Wicked Question visible.

interrogate, activate, create, circulate
— wickedly.