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12 Complementary Languages for Sustainable Governance

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12 Complementary Languages for Sustainable Governance
Focus of languages
Mediating role of languages
Multi-lingual roles
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This is the development of a theme articulated in a earlier paper:
Four Complementary Languages Required for Global Governance (1998)


Introduction

12 Complementary Languages for Sustainable Governance

The above diagram interrelates 12 complementary "languages" that may prove to be essential for sustainable governance. The languages are named using caricatural abbreviations -- partly for mnemonic purposes. The selection of "languages", and the names given to them, are extremely tentative. The purpose is to evoke discussion of the different conceptual modes in which governance of any kind might be discussed. The diagram benefitted from insights of Nadia McLaren.

As described in the earlier paper (Four Complementary Languages Required for Global Governance, 1998), the rationale for this kind of approach to strategic and management thinking and "operacy" has been notably developed bt Edward de Bono (Six Thinking Hats, 1987); Six Action Shoes, 1991; and The Six Value Medals, 2005).