A Community Manifesto (Earthscan Paperback) - download pdf or read online

By Chris Wright

ISBN-10: 0585395497

ISBN-13: 9780585395494

ISBN-10: 1853837342

ISBN-13: 9781853837340

Civilizations fail after they develop into trapped in a fashion of taking a look at the area that not works. for lots of, globalization is pushing us to the sting of catastrophe - an onward march of blinkered imaginative and prescient, encouraging passivity, ethical blindness and a tradition of dependency. A group Manifesto is an elegantly written polemic providing a brand new approach of taking a look at our social, cultural and monetary realities. Tackling the an important dimensions of non-public accountability, consensus and group, it exhibits how we will discover a new language wherein we will be able to reinvigorate our person and social lives, constructing the resourcefulness we'd like yet which proves so tough to domesticate. The imaginative and prescient it provides is persuasive and intensely well timed - merely by way of construction neighborhood can human society evolve and growth.

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Resourcefulness isno longer rewarded. Quite simply we are losing the ability to resolve our own problems. We have become deskilled in a whole range of areas to which our forebears applied common sense based on experience. Fromrepairing the applianceson which our daily lives now depend to knowing how to respond as parents, frombuying good food torating the success of our love lives,we have become increasinglyhesitant and eager for the endorsement of an expert. Television, newspapers and periodicals deluge us with information and yet that only increases our dependence.

Some fallon deaf ears, others chime with the times. At any moment, a limitedrange of themes will be under review, leading to refinements, a deepening of perception and an opening up of fresh lines of enquiry. It is a process in which the ideas we have can hardly be called our own but, in a very real sense, are public property. The fact that I feel moved to commenton the fragility of our civilization is because of a more general interest in these issues. My ideas are areflectionof, and will hopefully resonate with, concernsthat are out there as much aswithin me; in fact, where 'out there' ends and'me' begins is difficult to determine.

We appear to have reached adead end because pursuing civil rights has become a matter of legal, rather than moral, debate. What matters is not the ’rightness’ of an issue but whether it can be upheld in legal terms. Although there is a global debate about the need to balance rights with responsibilities, we seemto have settled for a straightforward legalistic model of redress. Where responsibility is at issue it is usually expressed in an institutional sense, as in ’it isan employer’s responsibility’, and reflects liability in some way.

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