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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.


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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