Tag Archives: Society

Shadow of a Person

I recognise in myself that i do not treat the people i see sleeping on the street equally: sometimes i ignore them, sometimes i try to give a kind word, sometimes i buy them a cup of tea (which is … Continue reading

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Engaging Power: An Illustration of Cohesion

I wrote a series of four pieces recently, exploring gang violence, but really a perspective on the power structures, and mechanisms of coherence, that underly community (and mechanisms for diffusing, or countering, toxic culture). It is all fairly early stage, … Continue reading

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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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Humility

Yesterday i shared a short introduction to an idea for an essay on ‘The Humble Leader’. Today, i have felt encouraged to build the idea out further. This is a rewrite, and substantial build upon, yesterdays post. Part 1: Society … Continue reading

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Tribes, Communities, and Society: a Reflection on Taxonomy

I may be delving into semantics here, but i’ve been thinking about the granular nature of social systems, and playing with something of a taxonomy. This is prompted because i realised i had started using the word ‘tribe’ a lot … Continue reading

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A Civil Society?

From the macro, to the micro: i was in Oxford yesterday, on a cold night, walking through the city. I ended my journey walking past half a dozen rough sleepers, bedded down for the night, sheltered under cardboard boxes and … Continue reading

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An Imperfect Humanity: Pity and Grace

This is a #WorkingOutLoud post as i shape some new thinking around coherence in culture, social justice and the social contract: aspects of the Social Age. So don’t take these thoughts as fully formed, but rather as part of an … Continue reading

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