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WPC Books

The Wicked Problems Collaborative is an independent press that’s working to tackle the big social and environmental challenges facing humanity. Our current titles are listed below.


Pandemic Capitalism: From Broken Systems to Basic Incomes

Our economic system isn’t working for most of humanity. Governments have long kicked the can on major problems with band-aids, rather than undertake the required investments and deliver necessary systems change. The coronavirus has laid the folly plain.

Pandemic Capitalism features essays on the possibility offered by Universal Basic Incomes, couched in the context of the global pandemic. In this age of growing precarity, we need to look at new ways of sharing the spoils of our economies, while also getting production back within planetary limits. Pandemic Capitalism looks at this mess from a systems lens and makes the case for a transition to a future that’s more sustainable and just than the outcomes we currently endure.

Pandemic Capitalism will be available July 4, 2020. 


What Do We Do About Inequality? (WPC Book 1)

Wicked problems are the massive, intractable issues which tend to defy solutions or even progress. They’re interconnected and systemic, so attempts to initiate change often ripple through in unexpected ways. Things like war, epidemics, and climate change are just a few of the things which the Wicked Problems Collaborative will take on.

Our first book “What do we do about inequality?” looks at rampant and growing disparities in various forms and looks to help the reader understand these problems from new perspectives, while also offering ideas towards creating outcomes that are more just than those that are currently endured. 

Check out a sample, or pick up a copy of WPC Book 1.


Praise for WPC Book 1:

With article topics ranging from moral and ethical conundrums to very specific commentary on the problems of current economic models, there’s no better choice for labor relations, economics, or business and social issues debates than this collection, which considers the roots of fairness and justice.

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

The Dividing Kingdom: Keep Calm and Brexit On?!

The Dividing Kingdom follows the UK’s ongoing saga with the European Union. It looks at some of the issues and major forces that helped bring the EU referendum into being. These include things like austerity, cuts to the National Health Service and education, concerns about globalization, and fomented xenophobia factors that contributed to the Leave result in the EU referendum. It then turns to the fallout of the referendum and the revelations that occurred in its wake. It also looks at politicians’ shifting goals and the stories they told on the way to the historic result in attempting to find order amidst the chaos.

The Dividing Kingdom will be released in late 2020.


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