When No One Is in Charge
I feel the second quote by Brundtland summarizes the heart of the Crosby/Bryson reading.
"We live in an era in the history of nations when there is a greater need than ever for coordinated political action and responsibilityâ€? (p. 3).
Thus one needs to seek how to engage different minds and perspectives so as to meet the desired mutual goal of progressâ€”whatever it may look like.
Reading this chapter, I was struck by the simplicity in which modes of interacting with stakeholders and a challenge (or problem) was identified. I certainly donâ€™t have a problem with the chapter focusing on "problemsâ€? versus more positives, and I did appreciate the Greek root of the word, and it makes perfect sense to "engage in something thrown forward for citizens to work withâ€? (p. 17). I believe that is where we as a nation are at, and as a world as well. We do need to embrace our problems so as to find appropriate solutions.
A shared power framework seeks to understand, and seeks collective responsibility as the way forward, it took a lot of stakeholders to get the civil rights movement going, and it is the same shared power that has changed the course of our nation that resulted in the momentous event on January 20.
Iâ€™m excited to explore ways in which I can combine the rational planning model with an adhocractic style that the "no-one-in-chargeâ€? plan espouses.