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A World Gripped by Terror
Citizen v Politician "The most important political office is that of private citizen." Louis Brandella
This situation has come about as the old guard retires and a new inexperienced, and narrowly, educated group take over middle and senior roles. They have grown up in an environment of conspicuous consumption and entitlement, and are often self absorbed. They have little respect for authority, or for older Australians.
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."- Voltaire - [FranĆ§ois Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)
"Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -- Robert F. Kennedy
Strategic thinking involves the integration of several types of mental skills and techniques,
as well as certain habits and attitudes, in the context of de?ning the problem to be solved
from an initially ambiguous sea of unconnected data, and then solving it. There is an
element of risk in strategic problem solving because complexity causes uncertainty.
(LO E H L E , 1996: 1)|
Great strategies, like great works of art or great scienti?c discoveries, call for technical mastery in the working out but originate in insights that are beyond the reach of conscious analysis. (OH M A E cited in de Wit and Meyer, 1998: 94)
Creativity cannot be taught, but it can be learned. (OH M A E cited in de Wit and Meyer, 1998: 100)
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.¯
NEVER GIVE UP
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.ā€¯ Margaret Mead
"social exchange perspectives on power, network structures and their consequences, the bases of interpersonal influence, diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the "rules of the game." These concepts are the building blocks from which you can systematically recognize and evaluate power and influence strategies."(Professor Tim Pollock, Power & Influence in Organizations)
THE TIMN MODEL
"They are usually tightly linked in further networks with other interests, and people spread their membership amongst these, by no means confining themselves to any one community. This progression has been called the TIMN model (tribe, institutional, market, network) It has been developed and proven by RAND social scientist David Ronfeldt."(The Challenge Network, "The Nature of Power and Influence", 2012)
A NOTION OF INFLUENCING
"Few would deny that power is central to human affairs or a key concept in the social sciences. Roberts (2003) argues that it is the basis of society: "The ability of one person to make a hundred others do his [sic] bidding is the basic building block upon which all collective human endeavour is based" (p. xv). Keltner, Gruenfeld, and Anderson (2003) state that it is "a basic force in social relationships" (p. 265). It appears to be a universal and indispensable feature of social organization, at work in all political, organizational and institutional life and, in some views, in every social relationship. Every group, organization or society must solve the problems of power to achieve its goals or risk failure." (Explaining the nature of power: A three-process theory JOHN C. TURNER, Australian National University, Australia: European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 1-22 (2005, Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.852/ejsp.244)
Technology designed to communicate to, and interact with,
politicians, governments, public officials,
executives at every level in corporations, associations, institutions,
communities, interest groups and individuals across the web.
Reach into their world
FEAR OF RISK AND EXPOSURE
"Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear", Naomi Klein
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King
The more threatening the shadows that fall on the present day from a terrible future looming in the distance, the more compelling the shock that can be provoked by dramatizing risk today. Established risk definitions are thus a magic wand with which a stagnant society can terrify itself (Beck, U, 1999, World Risk Society, pp. 137-8).
"If the consent of the governed is extorted through the manipulation of mass fears, or is embezzled with claims of divine guidance, democracy is impoverished. If the suspension of reason causes a significant proportion of the citizenry to lose confidence in the integrity of the process, democracy can be bankrupted." (Al Gore, "The Assault On Reason", Bloomsbury, 2007)
Al Gore's words are very applicable to the state of politics in Australia. We can see the use of fear and extortion every day in the modus operandi of our federal parliament. Most prticularly in the style and rhetoric of the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott. Fear is manufactured on many fronts to suit the political agenda and purpose. Asylum seekers coming by boat to overwhelm us, the carbon tax destroying our economy, interest rate rises threatening our homes and livelihoods, government debt, climate change and more.
"The curious need not look any further than YouTube to find the latest political constituents being haunted by their own words and dogged by their past missteps. Today's politicians have far less control of the news media and messages associated with their candidacy. The Internet and technology is positioned to play a huge role in elections. Whether that truly occurs remains to be seen." ("The Influence of Technology on Politics", FeedForAll, RSS", 2012)
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They do liitle, or no, research, may be narrowly educated and experienced. They place their employer, and their selves, at risk through ignorance and lack of enquiry.
It is this ignorance in its fullest you can exploit
For governments, politician, bureaucrats, company and institution board members, corporate managers, business executives, in fact for for anyone engaged in objectives pursuits, a source of uncertainty for you may lie in the intentions of others. People whom you may know of, or others you do not, wielding influence, engaging in strategy and activities, that are beyond your awareness and horizons and that of your employees and colleagues.
"There are far more technical experts on many important elements of policy outside of the state, (and enterprise), than in it - for example academic or applied economists, or professional bodies such as those representing doctors or transport engineers - and the network harnesses this knowledge to sharpen its critique. Many workers also belong to networked entities - for example environmental or peace groups, trades unions and the like - and they are able to add inside knowledge to critique. State, (and enterprise,) workers may have partners in the media or affiliated with an interest group, and significant leaks also occur though these channels. In general, therefore, little that the state (or an enterprise) does which remains secret for very long; and significant information escapes will almost invariably trigger short and long term activism." ("The nature of power and influence", The Challenge Network, CHForum.org)
"The networked style (of organisation) arises chiefly from the mass education of the public and their exposure to information in general and from the rise of mass media in particular. Additionally, the Internet 2.0 model of user-created content and social networking permits communities of interest to arise, often linked together by values and related intangibles. The consequences of this are the lessening of a national consciousness and the substitution of belonging to a range of often disconnected values and opinion. It is possible to live in a number of disconnected domains - work, various interest groups, ethnicity or religion - without having significant contact with the supposed national centre of weight. Networked societies may lack such a centre, or be set on a path to its loss. We do not know, as the social experiment has yet to come to a stable outcome." (The Challenge Network, "The Nature of Power and Influence", 2012)
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|THE POWER COLLECTIVE AND THE RICH VIEW POWER AND POLITICS AS A FORM OF SPORT
"Essentially influence is about power, the ability to shift the actions, attitudes and behaviors of others, to be a compelling force leading the way towards a goal, an aspiration or a way of living or working." (The Influence Landscape: "The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers", Wednesday, May 16, 2012).
There are many, in nations across the world, who view politics and business as a sport. A game in which they take a position and play with the jigsaw pieces. You might say it is a type of "political chess" perhaps. The pieces are the politicians and their advisers.
We are seeing "the game" played out in the United States of America
We can watch the sport in the posturing of nations and their parliaments and politicians. We can see the stance of Sepp Blatter and many FIFA nations obliviously thumbing their nose at the Swiss authorities and US Justice Department. It will note be long before the United Kingdom justice agencies enter the game. These are high stakes games, not for the faint hearted.
Such games were once the province of the media, of vested interests in the corporate world, in institutions, within collectives such as business chambers and unions, in some parts of academia, and by wealthy individuals. In days gone by they used resources beyond the reach of many ordinary people. Technology has altered all of that.
Now the The technologically savvy social activist with a penchant for democratic participation, can use a the internet and all of its utilities, twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, their blogs and more.
They come armed with what used to be the sole province of the rich and powerful, they carry their tools with them, in a hand held devices, in mobile phones or in a lap top. They are wired by the Internet everywhere.
"Today, the influence landscape is an intriguing mix of power. ¯ The contours of influence are shifting rapidly as new individuals and groups rise to prominence while others see their power decline. But it is a two-way street. Even as people are influenced, so they are increasingly able to become influencers, driving new forms of society and business in the process." (source: op cit)
The most powerful and dangerous of the technological activists ate those who actually turn up at rallies or in electorates, communities and the business environment. openly or covertly. They can twitter, take pictures and transmit voice, data and image from a mobile. Each follower or person coming into their technological world breeds a tribe and then a community and this is what the watchers call social media. The average person knows not the true potential and what they really can do with what is in their hands.
Even as the political, and corporate, spin machines work over time, these ants in the shadows, beyond the horizon, are working to undermine, neutralise and ultimately negate political and corporate self interest. They are:
the most influential on a wide and growing scale
The shifting sands of power, covert and overt influence
Power and influence is shifting, the validity of the political class, political party and union is in decline. Technology, and human networks, combine, in the hands of sophisticated strategists and erudite individuals, to create new paradigms. It is not only politicians who are feeling this, so are the corporate executives now being exposed every day.
The Global Financial Crisis, a creation of the corporate world destroying nation's and their people's lives in the name of greed.
The ability to predict is the realm of the Futurist
Tetlock says anyone's predictions are just as likely to come true or be off the mark as any of the expert predictions. One can only hope that through ongoing learning, observation, comparison, evaluation and measurement, reading and listening to the views of others one might minimise the probability, and continuance, of always being wrong. You be the judge.