Monthly Archives: July 2018

Engaging Power [2]: Gangs

What is a gang? A social structure, certainly, with defined membership, and rituals surrounding that. A structure with hierarchy, either formally defined, or discovered through experience, either fixed, or fluid. Territorial: a gang is associated with a subset of geography, … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [1]: Conflict

To think that gangs are an aberration, or impermanent structure, is a mistake: they are stable social structures, governed by the same bonding mechanisms as the local church, or regional police force. They are structures of power, partly formalised, partly … Continue reading

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Extraditing Values: Convenient Principles

The UK government has confirmed that it will extradite two terrorist suspects to the US, without demanding a guarantee that they won’t face the death penalty. This is unusual: as a point of principle, the UK does not support the … Continue reading

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What Will We See?

I’m making good progress with ‘The Change Handbook: building the Socially Dynamic Organisation’, as i work through version 24 of the full manuscript. As i’m heavily into book writing this week, no new content for the blog, but instead i … Continue reading

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Social Leadership: Citizenship

Yesterday i reflected on democracy, our structures of representation, and the ways in which they are adapting, which led me today to consider ‘citizenship’, a reflection on responsibility, as well as rights. I’ve tentatively contextualised this within Social Leadership, to … Continue reading

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The Death of Democracy

Fake news, foreign intervention, echo chambers, big data and analytics, you’d be forgiven for assuming that we are witnessing the death of democracy, the final gasp of liberal societies first, and best, hope, assailed unaccountably by social tech and evil … Continue reading

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The Social Punks Podcast: Update

I wrote the other week about a series of six podcasts that i’m working on: they each explore a broad aspect of the Social Age, but with a punk perspective. In other words, they look at broadly what is happening, … Continue reading

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