(ORIGINALLY POSTED IN MARCH 2014 EDITION)
By CHRISTOPHER KROL Campus Press Essayist
We’ve got a big problem with the way of things, with the plight of the bottom billion and all that. Our current management methodology, in Washington, for instance, is wrought with meanness. Teachers are teaching to the test; politicians are politicizing to the polls and the constituencies, companies are quarterly profit-driven and we expect the invisible hand to tie up the loose ends. You may say we just need to give it time to work, and I say how long will we venture haplessly treating every problem as a nail and sweeping dust under the rug before we decide to measure our mistakes? Suffering has been recognized as our common denominator for thousands of years and we’ve done everything with it from bury it in the pits of our stomachs to wear it on our sleeves. Suffering has driven wars and equitable innovation, so coping mechanisms are going to decide bloodshed or siblingship.
Management Methodology Our current management methodology is a faulty coping mechanism; it simply outsources suffering. The management of our natural resources, our relationship to our natural habitat is either going to become adaptive that we learn from our mistakes or we will continue to slip off into obvious ruin. We can learn by observation what tends to work and what tends not to, but it requires critical thinking. Some neighborhoods will relate differently than others with respect to personal interaction, interaction with the geography and interaction with other neighborhoods. Just because one thing seems to work one place, doesn’t mean it will work everywhere and just because your neighborhood does things one way doesn’t mean what you’re doing couldn’t be more effective or less destructive. Pairing up management methodologies with neighborhoods and geographies appropriately will be our way forward.
Wheels Meeting the Pavement The wheels meet the pavement through experiment, however a communicative space is preliminary. How can we accomplish anything without a space in which to reflect on ideas and observations, a space to make proposals, a space from which to implement proposals and to which we can return to again reflect on our experience? Begin in your neighborhood with an issue that seems relevant, invite friends and neighbors over to talk about it, see what other people think is important and act together to improve upon concerns. Learn from your mistakes and maybe the next folks won’t have to make them.