A Community Manifesto (Earthscan Paperback) by Chris Wright

By Chris Wright

Civilizations fail once they develop into trapped in a fashion of the area that not works. for lots of, globalization is pushing us to the sting of catastrophe - an onward march of blinkered imaginative and prescient, encouraging passivity, ethical blindness and a tradition of dependency. A group Manifesto is an elegantly written polemic providing a brand new manner of our social, cultural and fiscal realities. Tackling the the most important dimensions of private accountability, consensus and group, it indicates how we will be able to discover a new language by which we will be able to reinvigorate our person and social lives, constructing the resourcefulness we'd like yet which proves so tough to domesticate. The imaginative and prescient it offers is persuasive and intensely well timed - merely via construction neighborhood can human society evolve and growth.

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Rousseau’s collective, general will was the only basis for legitimate sovereignty and was, by definition,in everyone’s interest. Change was in the air, and it was a philosophy that appealed to revolutionaries everywhere. Rousseau was spared the consequences of his vision but, if nothing else, the French Revolution demonstrated that the balance between chaos and order is always a fine one and that the human condition becomes increasingly complex as the number of citizens seeking their share of the good life increases.

When the people at the centre do not necessarily know what employees elsewhere in the organization (or its suppliers) are doing, it is likely to be asking too muchof trust to allowthem to develop the kind of anarchic, cellularstructures proposed by Toffler. When the environment is one in which neither employer nor employee expects or wishes to offer loyalty,the tendency is always to attempt to reassert control. It is easier to centralize than to fragment in a world where the law is the ultimate arbiter of success.

In a fast-moving society, neither of those conditions is met, whichleads to absurdities where ancient precedent is quoted to decide cases that'bearno comparison. When new employment law is introduced, for example, no one knows what the full implications will and be companies await the setting of precedent and hope that it will not be them in the dock. Good intent and reasonableness are no defence and, as a consequence, an organization's posture will be defensive, on the one hand instinctively reacting against the attempt to limit a sphere of action, and on the other by introseeking to pay lip-service to the new regulations ducing policies that will protect against the loose cannon or bad luck.

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