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Sustainable policy #37

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Metaphors: Family / Collaboration

Social A sustainable policy cycle can only influence others effectively when its external initiatives are consistent with its own internal mode of organization. A community context is most favourable to this.


1. Within the sustainable policy cycle a measure of discipline is necessary in order that each member learns to fulfil his or her own function to enable the sustainable policy cycle to undertake external initiatives successfully. (Resulting in: Development).

2. The sustainable policy cycle should concentrate on 'keeping its own house in order' rather than undertaking initiatives based on force. (Resulting in: Subtle restraint).

3. In disciplining itself the sustainable policy cycle should seek a careful mean between the excesses of indulgence and severity, although under exceptional conditions the latter may be necessary. (Resulting in: Assistance).

4. In manifesting its principles in a role of stewardship, the sustainable policy cycle contributes significantly to the well-being of society. (Resulting in: Fellowship).

5. The character of the principles governing the sustainable policy cycle may be such that no disciplinary action is required to achieve the necessary effects (Resulting in: Style).

6. The quality of the achievements engendered by the principles of the sustainable policy cycle is the fundamental force holding it together. (Resulting in: Accomplishment).

Transformation sequence When the community context proves inadequate, misunderstandings and opposition arise. (Resulting in: Opposition).

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

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