Did you know that the social structure of the Iroquois Nation is matrilineal?
All rights of citizenship and social position (including ability to participate
in governance) are inherited from the mothers. Women are the primary educators
and quite active in governance. Western tribes like the Pueblo and Hopi
and others are matrilineal/matriarchal. The constitution of the US is derived
(almost copied) from the Iroquois Federation of States, a set of guidelines
governing the Iroquois Nations that has been verbally passed down through
What are the guiding principles and governing rules for the enterprise
of the 21st Century?
the importance of tacit knowledge is realized, then one begins to think
about innovation in a whole new way. It is not just about putting together
diverse bits of data and information. It is a highly individual process
of personal and organizational self-renewal. . . In this respect, the creation
of new knowledge is as much about ideals as it is about ideas. . . To create
new knowledge means quite literally to re-create the company and everyone
in it in an ongoing process. . . not the responsibility of the selected
few - a specialist in research and development, strategic planning, or
marketing - but that of everyone in the organization." THE KNOWLEDGE CREATING COMPANY; Ikujiro Nonaka & Hirotaka Takeuchi,
Most change programs today . . .
McDonald, Thiokol's director of the Solid Rocket Motor Project . . had
the reputation of being an iconoclast and a loner because his intellectual
interests transcended narrow specialities. . . his questioning had lead
him to the conclusion that Thiokol and NASA were flying with a booster
with an inherently dangerous joint seal design, one that proved itself
especially vulnerable to cold weather. . . According to (Roger) Boisjoly,
the hidebound and protective bureaucracy that flourished in the center
under Dr. Lucas prevented them from properly impressing NASA with the seriousness
of the situation. Their conviction that cold weather might provoke a catastrophe
on a future flight was watered down to a 'nonissue' by the time it reached
Lucas." CHALLENGER A MAJOR MALFUNCTION; Malcolm McConnell,1987
Will an elimination of bureauracracy eliminate this failure of communication?
days of the mammoth corporations are coming to an end. People are going
to have to create their own lives, their own careers and their own successes.
Some people may go kicking and screaming into the new world, but there
is one message there: You're now in business for yourself." Robert Schaen, taken from JOB SHIFT; William Bridges, 1995
Will a society of individual entrepreneurs and family businesses significantly
change laws, regulations, and tax structures within the next seven years?
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