As reflected in the last election, many of America’s most critical needs are not being met. Problems related to employment issues, low wages, unaffordable health care, poor educational outcomes, housing affordability, income inequality and government spending seem insurmountable. This study group will explore these problems and the solutions being developed in collaboration with Northwestern’s Buffett Institute’s “Wicked Problems Working Group” (WPWG). Social problems that seem unsolvable are sometimes referred to as “Wicked Problems.” The goal is to create a starting platform of basic resources (in health care, education, employment, housing and income) that give every American a realistic opportunity to succeed — regardless of their social, economic or ethnic group — without raising taxes. The solutions that we will explore are designed to appeal to both conservatives (who want less government, more individual responsibility and lower taxes) and liberals (who want less poverty, more equal resource allocations and more equal opportunities). Reading materials from publicly available articles, WPWG material and other sources will be sent out before each class. Some sessions will include Ted Talks. Please join us for some very interesting discussions as we explore America’s problems and discuss what solutions might be feasible.