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Sustainable policy #50

Cultural heritage (Ting)

Metaphors: Cauldron / Vessel


Social Society is nourished by its cultural heritage, a vehicle through which human values are consecrated. A sustainable policy cycle embodying this heritage can succeed by ensuring an appropriate relationship between its existence and its sense of destiny.

Sub-conditions:

1. Irrespective of its humble origins, the sustainable policy cycle may succeed if it is prepared to refine and develop its mode of action. (Resulting in: Wealth).

2. The sustainable policy cycle should undertake significant initiatives, for even though these may expose it to criticism, the later will not prevent success. (Resulting in: Marginality).

3. If its effectiveness is severely handicapped by lack of recognition, associating the sustainable policy cycle with superior values will ensure success when the opportunities emerge. (Resulting in: Transformation threshold).

4. If the sustainable policy cycle is inadequate to the challenge it faces, and associates with those of inferior values, its initiatives will probably fail. (Resulting in: Remedial action).

5. If the sustainable policy cycle is in a position of influence, and attracts able assistance through the quality of its action, it should then take care not to modify its style. (Resulting in: Encounter).

6. The sustainable policy cycle is most successful if the power and severity of its counsel is expressed in a form which others find agreeable. (Resulting in: Endurance).

Transformation sequence The protection of the cultural heritage necessitates crisis preparedness. (Resulting in: Crisis preparedness).


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

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