The Hidden Power

Check 15 - Governments - The Character of Good Government

Governments shall serve democracy, and be effective, stable, adaptable, accountable, and open.

What is government for? What to we want from it? We can hazard a guess at what we don't want: uselessness, volatility, inflexibility, opaqueness and inaccessibility may seem like familiar themes - and we know we don't want them. And a government that does not serve democracy - well, what would that look like? What it calls to mind is really the classic kleptocratic autocracy.

But this question of what government is for, or what governance is for, is also a question we each answer with our actions and habits - and to approach the idylll imagined in this principle would require us to embrace our roles as exemplars and stewards of good governance in order to establish the requisite culture.

In this episode we not only explore these themes through various examples, but also drill into how good governance can be explored and modelled through a Systemic Enquiry - the engagement of social learning around complex situations of concern.

Talking points:

If you don't get the system right, you won't get the government right

Subsidiarity: we determine government, and can demand change

Change is possible

Our neoliberal predicament and the degradation of governmental culture

Step away from the system and start with purpose

Think, and talk, about what you might want from this entity

What is the point of Welsh independence? An ongoing discussion

Deep Dive into Dentistry as a case study for Systemic Enquiry

Also - Ken Livingstone and the GLA

Also - a welfare system

Systemic Enquiry and Palestine?

Developing an environmental consciousness

And how behaviour relates to forms of governance

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