Challenging Assumptions (#S116)
Donald Michael, Ph.D., is a former policy analyst for the National Science Foundation and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and author of The Next Generation and The Uncertain Society. He suggests that we are frequently misled by the certainties offered by politicians and social reformers. He also takes issue with the anti-scientistic bias of many social activists, adding that by admitting our uncertainties we can begin to learn.
Governance, Uncertainty and Compassion (#S193)
When we acknowledge the existential realities of our uncertainty, our need for community and our isolation in the face of death, we are led to a position of compassion from which genuine long-range social planning may proceed. Donald Michael, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor in psychology and in planning and public policy at the University of Michigan, a prolific author and a respected policy advisor.
|"So you begin to open up the possibilities for moving toward a learning society in which, instead of inviting the followership to come along because the leader knows what to do, you invite the followership to participate in a discovery process of getting from here to there around important issues. Understand when I say acknowledging uncertainty, that one needs to be specific about what one is uncertain about, and that honesty opens up possibilities for creativity. Being uncertain in that way opens up options."|