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- 07:10am Apr 22, 2002 EST (#1652
almarst, these are interesting but hopeful times.
Problems and patterns that used to be hidden, that caused pain and
loss again and again, remain, and remain dangerous. But they are not
as hidden as they once were - - and some things are coming clear.
I was very glad and proud to see the pieces in the NYT listed in
4/21/02 7:44pm . . . and especially this NYT Magazine piece:
Where Here See's There By GEORGE PACKER http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/magazine/21WWLN.html
. . . " The world media machine has given us a global village - just
not the expected one"
If some of the insights that are just now coming clear in the
press had been clear a year ago -- the world would be a much better
place, in many, many ways. But as these insight do become
clear -- and as the need for action, and the kinds of action needed
in specific cases, become more clear -- we have a chance of getting
many of the things that you and others have been concerned about
much better adressed.
Is the world, as George Packer suggests, a series of outrages
about which we can do nothing? Well then, we have to learn what we
actually can do - when specific problems have to be specifically
I think this thread has helped develop and show - if you will,
has prototyped, patterns for complex communication between staffed
organizations that provide part of the solution.
It seems to me to be, not only a dangerous time, and an
interesting time, but also a hopeful time.
- 07:19am Apr 22, 2002 EST (#1653
Looking at some things last year, this caught my eye:
lunarchick - 07:00pm Mar 19, 2001 EST (#1192) . .
Looking through recent posts (above) i noted the link to
'learning to stand' included this:
CP Snow spoke of "... the prime importance, in any crisis of
action, of being positive what you want to do, and being able to
explain it. It is not so relevant whether you are right or wrong.
That is a second -order effect. But it is cardinal that you should
I also noted the query re the Invidual/behaviour within
organisations. There is a lot of literature on this, it sits in HRM
(human resource management).
Linking the 'positive' with 'individual behaviour' spells
That there be leaders within organisations is important, and that
they have direction is also vital. That the Organisation and the
direction be in sync is vital.
The Organisation has to respond to the External (and internal)
environment, look at trends and directions and future opportunities,
and at the same time 'know' what is happening amongst it's
That head frequently roll in board rooms and the average lifespan
of a CEO is Three and a half years reflects the syncronisation of an
individual with the 'direction' of an organisation. The organisation
as an animal is camelion and constantly reflecting and fitting to
new environments. Those within the organisation have to continually
re-adjust to the new environment.
Redundancy is redundancy of minds ... that no longer fit the new
On the world environment there is a need for those in leadership
roles to be aware of the 'real environment' ... an environment under
threat from the misfires of missiles. That non can see the
environment suggests the redundant (old Knowledge) in their heads
needs upgrading, or leadership refreshment - a new person - a new
So the communications problem, or models, suited to MD have to
reach into the minds of people and refresh those minds. A hard task
when people avert their mental gaze.
lunarchick - 07:09pm Mar 19, 2001 EST (#1193) . .
Greed makes people take note.
Interesting that the Minister of Defence in India was caught
'taking a bribe' and it is up on www live action replay ...
And yet the Western Press HAVE NOT covered this story .... WHY
If greed make people 'look' then a question re MD is how to get
ordinary folk to 'look' via greed. Or is it that they only see the
$$$$'s and don't look at the morality of the issues.
- - - -
Smart lady! Is it "a hard task when people avert their mental
Sure is. But perhaps we're getting clearer on how to get
attention, in the right places, when it is important enough.
Sometimes, the issues involve not only persuasiveness, but also
pattern, format, and some force of some kind.
- 11:06am Apr 22, 2002 EST (#1654
""Military historians employ a concept which may sound
like a ghastly jargon but which is, in fact, a valuable analytic
tool: species pseudo-differentiation. In wars, it is much easier
to kill your opponents if you regard them as members of an
inferior species and therefore unworthy of morality and law:
fuzzy-wuzzies, huns, gooks et al. In Israel and Palestine today, a
lot of that is going on. A dismaying number of educated people are
denying their near neighbours a full ration of common humanity.
... The first is that the Palestinians are entitled to a state,
equal in size to the territories which the Israelis occupied in
1967, and which must look like a state on the map. .... American
foreign policy is suffering collateral damage. The failure of
Colin Powell's trip was not just a further tribute to the
intractability of the region's problems. Nor was it merely another
episode in Washington infighting between powerful advisers vying
for the President's ear. It casts doubt on the Bush
administration's ability to conduct a serious foreign policy. ....
tragedy inspires eloquence far more often than eloquence finds a
cure for tragedy. http://argument.independent.co.uk/regular_columnists/bruce_anderson/story.jsp?story=287501
Powell is now sending in 'tents' for the un-housed/dislodged ...
Powell says he's had a report on Jenin .... pity he didn't go and
LOOK for himself!
- 01:13pm Apr 22, 2002 EST (#1655
Peru cancels U.S. joint military training exercise - http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020420/ap_wo_en_ge/peru_us_military_1
"The idea that the United States plans to build a military
base in Peru, presumably to expand Plan Colombia into the
neighboring nation, has been popular among some politicians."
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