Management & governance more than rational analysis.

Interesting (2014) blog from Henry Mintzberg on (1980/90’s) Harvard MBA failings, echos my own (1992) MBA Dissertation. A flexible learning organisation needs a rational model like a hole in the head. What goes around comes around. Also put me in mind of (1920/30’s) Mary Parker-Follett.

Governance with Love, from New York to Boston. @platobooktour

My investigations here started 15 years ago into information, particularly as knowledge in a decision-making context, but it’s been some years since I decided governance was the umbrella term for that agenda – the basis for enacting best decisions – for any groups of people or constituencies of any size. Furthermore, wherever the information does not simply represent … Continue reading “Governance with Love, from New York to Boston. @platobooktour”

Anarchy Chooses Governance

I was thinking this hearing the news stories around bitcoin going maintream, and noticed this post on LinkedIn today. “the bitcoin industry embraces what it was built to avoid – rules and regulation” Sooner or later every (would be) anarchist discovers “we” chose governance because it’s good for “us”. You listening Russell Brand?

Governance not Mob Rule, Please

In response to this Herald Scotland piece on EU and UK Constitutional  difficulties being posted on Facebook Smiffy posted this: I can’t even decide which way I would vote on our membership of the EU. I see that there are apparently valid arguments on both sides, both sides use economic and social arguments for their … Continue reading “Governance not Mob Rule, Please”

Values in Governance

In a debate ostensiby about theistic religion vs atheistic humanism over on the Rev Sam’s Elizaphanian blog, the subject has come back round to the pragmatic issues of “values” and the institutions needed for their maintenance in society generally. [Here] [Here] & [Here]. Debates on both MoQ-Discuss and Friends of Wisdom have ended up precisely here before … Continue reading “Values in Governance”

Andrea Wulf – Magnificent Rebels

This is my third post of 2024 and the previous two already referred to my reading of Andrea Wulf’s “Magnificent Rebels“. The second of hers I’ve read, after “The Invention of Nature“. The connection between the two is the overlap of explorer / scientist Alexander von Humboldt, his brother Wilhelm and his wife Caroline intersecting … Continue reading “Andrea Wulf – Magnificent Rebels”

Freethought Project

(Just a holding page for content starting Nov 2023 on establishing a properly skeptical freethought environment. Note a page, not a post, and no public link yet.) My (relevant) bio: Born 1956 / raised NE England – Cultural Christian (naïve atheist) from childhood. Humanist from age 22/23 (Humanist wedding aged 25 in 1981, etc.) 45+ … Continue reading “Freethought Project”

Prioritising the “Grand Challenges”

Just to capture a post by long-time correspondent Lee Beaumont, on “Prioritising the Grand Challenges“. Whilst my agenda is more meta, more abstract, than most, I have been conscious of many others’ focus on the challenges / crises facing us in the every-day world. Poly-crises, omni-crisis, you name them and have settled recently on the … Continue reading “Prioritising the “Grand Challenges””