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Next Step in Inter-organizational Relationships (Part #1)

Proposals of: Next Step in Inter-organizational Relationships. Notes on the problems associated with the current crisis in the relations between intergovernmental and nongovernmental bodies, with particular regard to the United Nations Specialized Agencies and the consultative status arrangement. Distributed by the Union of International Associations as UAI Study Papers ORG/1.
1. From organizational form to information system
Creation of contact bodies
Creation of international centres in cities
Committee to study future of information systems
Convention to give formal recognition to international NGOs
Organizations as statistical indicators of social development
Interorganizational cooperation as a focus of education

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1. From organizational form to information system

With regard to modifications in the inter-organizational machinery and particularly the consultative arrangement, with United Nations. Agencies, any changes proposed should not be considered as, being a change of structure from one organizational mechanism which has been adequate for twenty years to a new organizational mechanism which will be adequate for the next twenty years.

The change required is rather a change of attitude from one depending upon and requiring a "permanent" and formal organizational structure as the foundation for collective action to one which focuses on a problem-oriented information system which acts as a permanent dynamic foundation for a series of formal or informal temporary organizational relationships between participating NGOs and with the Agency in question. Such formal patterns should be frequently modified or evolved into new patterns of formal relationship as problems evolve or new) problems are detected.

Note that in fact each 2 yearly meeting of NGOs (and associated working groups) is such a temporary(5 day) formal relationship based upon and tied together by the information system constituted by each Conference Secretariat's card file of NGOs. But such information systems are embryonic in relation to their potential, -particularly if linked, together to give each NGOa complete picture of the network of potential NGO and IGQ contacts with respect to each possible programme area.

The change of attitude is therefore from a focus on a particular organizational form to a focus on an information system which permits a series of organizational forms to be generated progressively better adapted to the changing array of problems. The changé from a focus on the actual to a focus on the potential places NGOs in a much more powerful and flexible position.

n the potential places NGOs in a much more powerful and flexible position.

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