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TEN DRIVERS OF SOCIETY

Societal Drivers Engaging with Wisdom; What would that look like?

POLITICS
Political Decisions are often made on the grounds of political expediency. What will be more likely to get me voted in next election? ST2 Challenges this base for decision making. What is the wisest thing I can do here? What is best for the common good?

MEDIA
What is more likely to sell newspapers of radio advertising? News stories are often more about what the people want to hear than about getting the truth out there so people can make up their own minds. Surely the latter is the way of wisdom

ARTS
Does wisdom enter in to my decision making when I am considering my next creative journey or is it more about controversy for its own sake? What is the story I want to tell here? Is it seeking wisdom or something else?

BUSINESS
Business decisions are often all about profit and keeping the shareholders happy. The triple bottom line has moved businesses along but too often the financial bottom line determines how environmentally and socially responsible we are going to be. Wisdom challenges that approach.

SPORTS
Is sport all about winning or is it just as much about development of the best in a person and a team? In reality, not just on paper? Wisdom seeks answers to that question

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANISATIONS
Community Service Organisations are really under the pump today and are suffering from enormous cost shifting exercises. But this pressure has caused some to become so focussed on meeting the Key Performance Indicators of Government Grants that they sometimes take their eyes off the ball. Wisdom confronts that mindset.

EDUCATION
Is education all about just ‘ getting a job ‘ or does it at least include helping people to look for wisdom and to know it when they find it, and to think smart and ask questions on the journey…..

HEALTH
Mental Health, physical health, community health, dental health: all aspects of our health system must be assisted by the way of wisdom or it quickly becomes a ‘sickness system’ rather than a health system, creating a community of dependant people rather than a community of wellbeing.

JUSTICE
Wisdom applied to the Justice System Challenges punitive and retributive styles of ‘justice’ and calls for restorative justice so that offender, victim, and the community as a whole benefit from justice being served.

LAW
If the enforcement of Law is to benefit the Community at large it will consider Wisdom along the way: wisdom will serve it at the investigation level as well as the enforcement level. In this way it will serve the community and will be for the common good of society as a whole.

Sophia Think Tank does not pretend to have the answers to these questions but is does desire to help start and facilitate a conversation that addresses these issues, that personal and social transformation might be a result.

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4 responses to “TEN DRIVERS OF SOCIETY

  1. david wilson

    September 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks Don for your comment. There are many additions to the list of Drivers and Culture is certainly one of them. In identifying the ten we are saying ‘let’s start here and see where we go’. Other Drivers that people have suggested include Entertainment (I’ve included that under Arts and/or media in my thinking) and the Church (which I have seen Institutionally as a Community Service Organization). Thanks for your participation in the conversation.

     
  2. Don Sargeant

    September 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    All cultures need to weed out that which is undesirable. And be honest about it.

     
  3. Don Sargeant

    September 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    May I add one more to your Ten drivers of society.? Culture . Thank You . God Bless.

     
  4. Kitty

    August 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    awesome article! I am so inspired!

     

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