Public managers should stop telling people how to behave | guardian.co.uk


Dave Clements has flagged-up further evidence of, what we [at Ontonix] have come to recognise as, EXCESSIVE COMPLEXITY. The inevitable culmination of years [and layers] of mismanagement, fluctuating budgets, changing legislation, increasing regulation, conflicting strategies – often driven by Corporate interests and, of course, a healthy measure of ill-conceived (often purely politically motivated) knee-jerk reactions to the latest crisis.

All-in-all a hybrid form of institutional abuse…the kind that kills trust, fails service users, drains frontline initiative, hurts society and paralyzes the institution!

“Thumbs up” to a transparent Big Society, built from the bottom up: collaboratively. But a “double thumbs down” to a prescriptive, top down approach.     

A truly active citizen acts of their own accord and not according to the imperatives of public management. The good news is that by ditching the policing of people’s behaviour we might emulate the vision of a big society in which responsible citizens take the reins. This is why we should adopt an alternative approach: one that genuinely enables people’s autonomy rather than smothering their initiative.

 

Knowledge Economy: business as PART OF (not apart from) community


I you are at all “read” in the broad subject of complexity you may already be aware of the established links between: information – learning – intelligence – complexity – innovation. If not, this recent article from Wall Street Journal, about  a report, The Atlas of Economic Complexity may be of interest.

But elements of this blog item (apart from a useful infographic) really struck home and I wanted to share it. We have had the usual ham-fisted attempt by Politicians to promote the “Big Society” as if, by sticking a label on it, they could lay claim to a successful strategy…or blame citizens and society if/when it doesn’t work as hoped! In truth, whilst the “spirit” is sound, when delivered by Government against a backdrop of Austerity, it sounded and smelt like more “top down” BS!

I’ve been looking at ways to explain why social learning is so important for business today. It comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative

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Big Society: If it smells like BS…it probably is!


Call me a cynic if you like but things, literally, aren’t adding up and guess who’s going to end up paying AGAIN!?

“Big Society”: Just a stinking acronym…

The link to this article is shown below and it makes for some pretty staggering reading but I would also recommend the source “Duncan’s Economic Blog” tends to be a pretty informed read:

Change in debt by 2013 under Osborne's plansHere we can clearly see the impact of Osborne’s changes over the next three years: public debt down by £43bn BUT private household debt up by £245bn – five times as much.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. In today’s Financial Times one city economist notes that:

‘With real household disposable income set to fall this year through a combination of flat employment, negative real wages, tax rises and benefit payment cuts, the only way we are going to see spending grow in 2011 is if the savings ratio falls.’

Given the tax and benefit changes Osborne is presiding over, households have little choice but to borrow more to make ends meet. And that is how Osborne plans to drive down public debt: by increasing the household debt that helped cause the crisis in the first place.

 

via Far from cutting debt, Osborne’s plans will make it soar | Blog | False Economy.

Please read this article

Revisited: Ulrich Beck on Complex societies and politicians

but don’t miss out on any of these…

“Big Society”: Just a stinking acronym…


– We should recycle this “top down”, cynical, BS because its got to be good for something…

As many Corporations have found, embracing a Strategy for Sustainability, has had a positive effect upon their balance sheet! So, why then does the UK Government appear intent upon ignoring or marginalising the issues? How can you TALK “Big Society” and not WALK a strategy that can have a positive impact in every domain?

The paper that Spelman put out on Monday, under the compelling title ‘Mainstreaming sustainable development: The government’s vision and what this means in practice’, is without a doubt the most disgraceful government document relating to Sustainable Development that I have ever seen.

Jonathon Porritt, guardian.co.uk

Well said Jonathon!

It is beyond belief when you consider that, by running their operations more sustainably, Government Departments are saving money as well as reducing energy and water consumption, emissions and waste. In August last year, after the Government had announced its withdrawal of funding for SDC, I quoted this headline: “UK Government’s progress towards sustainable operations saves £60-70m a year”

I’m sure I am not the only person to feel deeply offended when treated with such utter contempt by Politicians who, patently, believe we should just accept the claptrap they spout in an effort to justify their actions! Still, I suppose that in the eyes of the blinkered or naive it is progress to see a semblance of some strategy…no matter how nonsensical and contradictory! Read more of this post