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Sustainable policy #02

Receptivity (K'un)

Metaphors: Field / Primal structuring / Earth


Social A sustainable policy cycle may respond to the actions and opportunities of its environment through which it may then bring about change.

Sub-conditions:

1. The sustainable policy cycle may take heed of the first signs of deterioration in its environment. (Resulting in: Recovery).

2. The sustainable policy cycle may respond naturally to its environment. (Resulting in: Controlled threat).

3. Care should be taken to avoid premature public attention to the maturing work of the sustainable policy cycle. (Resulting in: Unpretentiousness).

4. The strictest reticence is required by the sustainable policy cycle to avoid both the enmity of antagonists and the dangers of misplaced acclaim. (Resulting in: Enthusiasm).

5. The sustainable policy cycle may express its qualities indirectly and discreetly as its actions emerge into prominence. (Resulting in: Solidarity).

6. The sustainable policy cycle may make an inappropriate attempt to take the leading role, thus causing a struggle destructive to all concerned. (Resulting in: Deterioration).

Transformation sequence Initiatives emerging in a receptive environment first experience difficulties. (Resulting in: Initial difficulty).


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Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

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