Tag Archives: Democracy

A Politics of Reconnection?

Our democracies are always imperfect, split between structures that enable the application of power over others, and the structures that prevent that application being limitless. Some of those structures are fallible: the redrawing of constituent boundaries, the pork barrelling of … 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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Modes Of Social Organisation: By The People, For The People

Things have always changed: i write today in Chichester, my hometown, an old Roman city, which became the capital of the Kingdom of Sussex. From marching fort and Roman camp, to fortified town and city state. Today, as part of … Continue reading

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Government. But By Whom?

This is an early stage #WorkingOutLoud post, reflecting on the disruption, or evolution, of government itself. Recently i’ve been fascinated by the lack of opportunity for engagement in democracy, and indeed about the widest principles of democracy: at a time … Continue reading

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Nationhood: Statues, Salutes, and Narratives of Power

A #WorkingOutLoud post today, part of my thought process to understand the fragmented debate around national identity and social justice in the United States. Specifically, i wanted to take time to explore two elements: the notion of flash points, and … Continue reading

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A State of Kindness: A Shared Humanity

Somewhere along the line, we have accepted the marginalisation of kindness, normalised dispassion, and deepened the inequity of our society. Equality and fairness were never to be taken for granted, have always been fought for, but our current manifestation of … Continue reading

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#Trump – New Mechanics Of Power

The only thing that seems to be predictable, is unpredictability itself. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, a fact that will please some and displease others. Whatever our view of the results of the election, … Continue reading

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Agile Through Design

I”m #WorkingOutLoud, expanding on a few ideas today about the Socially Dynamic organisation: the type of fully adapted entity that would sit at the ‘Dynamic’ end of the Change framework that I’ve been sharing recently. The Socially Dynamic organisation has … Continue reading

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Restraint: Democracy

I am struggling to write: it’s been a week where dissent has tipped over into violence, where discourse has been lost to hatred and fear. Democracy is not about consensus: it’s about restrained consent. About the gradual unearthing of what … Continue reading

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