Has some great possibilities.

by Scott Schuck | Mar 30, 2013

My main question is, HOW will these great plans and aspiration come to fruition?
That is, given the uniformly poor record of attempts to gain agreement around any proposal, with conventional approaches, how would we create the conditions necessary to make these ideas reality? I believe that the necessary conditions would yield something quite different from the now existing group processes and procedures. This is an issue that we all would benefit from addressing early on.

Good luck, Scott

One step at a time

by Brendan Kramp | Apr 02, 2013

Hi Scott--the plan, and traction, of course will be key. Within the constraints of this 'idea search' getting to the nitty gritty of How is definitely tough, but I disagree with you that conventional and other approaches haven't worked. Rather, it's about where we are looking and what models are being adopted for change and replication. An example--the cod fishery closures off of New England. These were made because of the well known exhaustion of the cod fisheries in New England and decimated populations. What they have already seen is an amazing rebounding of Haddock in these closures, as well as booming harvesting of fish for the fishing industry along the boundary zone of the closures--that is, a win-win for environment, fish, and fish markets alike. This idea of a no-take zone closure is something that has been enacted in local populations ranging from fishing villages in the Philippines to coastal Mexico to several others-it just doesn't hit our front pages. Similar learning models in Taiwan and South America have shown incredible results for educating children, many from impoverished backgrounds, to more competitive levels than US equivalents.

The How here would depend on recruiting the right community experts (of which we have many) and making a commitment to make a difference in just 1 area first. Concentrate, move the needle, and once you have traction start to expand. If, as you suggest, general and more traditional institutions are not making a difference, then all the more reason that we need to create a new way of looking at things, perhaps outside the constraints that others have faced. We need only look at the Ashoka and Schwab social entrepreneurship winners to see solutions taking place around the world, many in non-funded and trying situations.


by Scott Schuck | Apr 03, 2013

Yes, 'conventional' approaches do work. However, my belief is that our challenges are getting overwhelming numerous and complex. Linear, incremental processes are becoming less adequate – can't keep up with numerous challenges. It's like dealing with a flood by handing out buckets.

An expansion of this view is in my "The Magic in the Middle: Collective Wisdom from Thinking Together" and, also, "The Next Big Thing Isn't a Thing At All: It's a Good Process"

But, clearly, right now, we need BOTH the tested AND the 'visionary' (innovative). And, most important, we need to listen to and honor other points of view!
Good luck, Scott

The seeds of change has

by llhjl hlhj | Feb 17, 2014

The seeds of change has something to do with good luck also. - Thomas Nabors DDS