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Elaborating a richer global identique


Governing Civilization through Civilizing Governance: global challenge for a turbulent future (Part #11)


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The challenge of communicating and comprehending the dynamics of the above figure has been presented separately (In Quest of Mnemonic Catalysts -- for comprehension of complex psychosocial dynamics, 2007). This relates to the challenge of the identity of a globalized knowledge society -- possibly to be termed its "identique" (in Club of Rome parlance) -- and how governing of civilization is then framed dynamically by such an identity. The multi-media computer innovations, currently evoking widespread enthusiasm, need to be harnessed in response to that challenge, creating a richer representational bridge between the conceptual and the strategic -- and the possibility of a global "identique" of as yet unforeseen complexity. .

This might well also be understood as a powerful attractor/repulsor -- a fifth -- matching those of problematique, resolutique, imaginatique and irresolutique. This would confirm the value of the circumferential circle introduced into Figure 4 (cf Experimental Articulation of Collective Identity -- through a dynamic system of metaphors, 1991; Identity of the United Nations: experimental articulation through a dynamic system of metaphors, 1991). Globally the set of associated processes might be fruitfully related to those discussed by Peter Senge (The Fifth Discipline: the art and practice of the learning organization, 1990).

Rather than definitive, the challenge of "operating" a civilization through a schematic such as Figure 4 might be better compared to designing, tuning and playing a complex musical instrument such as a sitar -- requiring continuing development and re-invention.Assumptions that it might be "steered" like an ordinary automobile are as dangerous as applying such optimism to piloting a helicopter. ***

Any "identique" is of course also to be associated with the role of symbolic devices such as the EU Anthem or any "Eurovision"-style song (mentioned above) -- what they evoke and how they "move" (Moving Symbols: radical change in religious psycho-social energy policy?, 2008).


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