I’m back in Bristol after studying a Master’s Course with Forum for the Future. I studied, there, ‘leadership for sustainable development’, and apologise that so little of it emerged on these pages. I’ve travelled through rudimentary (and radical) economics, sociology, epistemology and societal decision-making processes, ethics and values, as well as resource management, impact assessment, communications strategy, and the search for the corporate soul.
I made a commitment to myself a while ago that my learning would be explicitly life-long, that each new stage would be a chance to explore something new. In this next stage, I will be exploring more consciously the role that our structures and relationships impact on end outcomes – distributions of work, leisure, value, self-expression, resource. I will involve myself in thinking about and creating structures to support and improve our ability to collaborate, decide and work in a way that serves the long-term good.
How will this emerge? I want to explore, by analysis and analogy, different potential structures and understandings we might live within – some close to the situations of our own political and social organisation, some further away. I want to map out what is possible: what may be, if only we made it so, and document our learnings about making it so. My starting positions are realism about human behaviour, without pessimism. They are long-termist about the potential for widespread change in social attitudes. They are interventionalist about the potential to demonstrate and model the effects of different systemic assumptions, goals and rules. They, increasingly, will not dodge issues of power and control. They are fuzzy constructivist/critical realist about our ability to theorise true things about specific societies and human collective behaviour. They are basically virtue-theorist about what makes for a good people. You will notice many others, and I will try to explore them as I come across them.
I appreciate this doesn’t make for a brilliant read in itself, but if the topics look interesting, please follow, or drop me a line saying which bits you’re interested in.