Government versus Governance ... OE Experience

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Government versus Governance ... OE Experience

Postby TheGreatRenewal » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:48 am

(SEE THESE AS TWO COLUMNS)

GOVERNMENT:

* Hierarchy
* Rules
* Little voice
* You get or you don't get
* 'You do things this way'
* Hard to change
* All layered systems reflect same hierarchy

GOVERNANCE:

* Representative hierarchy
* 'This is how we do things'
* Self-management
* Adaptable
* All layered systems responsible for fitting into the best interest of the Whole.

How does this impact the Initial OE and the Now OE?

INITIAL OE:

* Seeking 'governance'
* Using Open Democracy has vehicle
* Wanting 'governance' without 'rules'
* Wanting 'governance' without hierarchy
* Wanting 'governance' without exclusion

THE NOW OE:

* little 'governance'
* 'This is how we do things' becomes the default behaviors. Ex: not enough people willing to do the work; unacceptable behaviors in camp.
* Initial OE less visible
* Exclusive of people interested in Initial OE who cannot get past the lack of 'governance'
* Camp becomes 'service' center for 4 groups

RULES = 'This is how we do things'

OPEN DEMOCRACY:

* 'Rules' represent Government, Hierarchy and Exclusion
* 'Procedures' represent Bureaucracy, No choice, Limiting, Oppression
* Focuses on 'individual choice'
* Separate from Life

FUNCTIONAL DEMOCRACY:

* This is how we do things' represent: being informed, self-management, chooses to agree to do things this way
* Varies with circumstances
* Skills necessary and appropriate
* Balances individual and common good
* Every part of Life
* Gives form
* Fulfills purpose
* Bonds people
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