Changing Maps : Governing in a World of Rapid Change
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Changing Maps : Governing in a World of Rapid Change




How can we organize and govern ourselves successfully in a world of rapid change and increasing interconnection? This book reports the findings of a round table of senior Canadian government officials and private sector executives, exploring fundamental changes in the economy, in culture and values and in the social contract that characterize the emergence of a global information society.

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Includes bibliographical references
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Canadian Electronic Library (Firm)
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The second report of the Project on Governing in an Information Society
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P43 1995eb
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1 electronic text (xiv, 253 pages)
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Ottawa, Ontario
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public administration methodology information society policy sciences administration publique sciences de la politique société informatisée méthodologie

Table of Contents

Cover 1 Title 4 Copyright 5 Contents 6 Preface: Governing in a World of Rapid Change 10 Part I: Report of the Roundtable 16 1. INTRODUCTION 18 The Information Society 21 An Infrastructure for Learning 23 Findings of the Project during Phase I 25 Continuing the Search: The Second Phase of the Project 29 Constructing Shared Maps: The Scenario Approach 30 Beginning the Process 34 The Shape of the Report 38 2. RE-MAPPING THE TERRITORY: THREE PERSPECTIVES 40 The Economy: A New Techno-economic Paradigm 41 Culture and Values: The Postmodern Challenge 47 The Social Contract: Rebuilding Social Infrastructure 57 Conclusions 66 3. CONSTRUCTING SCENARIOS 70 The Scenario Workshop 70 Starship Scenario 80 Titanic Scenario 82 HMS Bounty Scenario 84 Windjammer Scenario 86 Conclusions 89 4. CHANGING COURSE: TOWARD SOCIAL COHESION 92 Some Essential Requirements for Creating a Learning Society 94 Developing the Learning Capacity of Individuals 96 Learning Organizations and a Learning Society 98 Building on Diversity 102 Building Consensus: The Art of Coming to Public Judgement 105 The Public-judgement Model 107 The Importance of "Working Through" 109 Navigating Some Obstacles to Public Judgement 113 Conclusions 119 5. CONTINUING THE PROCESS: BUILDING A LEARNING SOCIETY 122 Summary: Reviewing the Course We Have Followed So Far 122 Building a Learning Society: Re-balancing Economic and Social Concerns 127 Continuing the Process: A Preliminary Agenda 132 Renewing the Social Contract 133 Focusing on Values 137 Building an Infrastructure for Public Learning 140 Information Technology: New Tools for a Learning Society 143 On the Importance of the Process 146 Next Steps 151 Part II: Selected Papers Presented to the Roundtable 158 6. Scenario Thinking About the Future 162 7. The Information Economy: ICT and the Future of the World Economy 178 8. Postmondernism, Pluralism, and the Crisis of Legitimacy 202 9. Communitarianism 216 10. The Learning Society in the Information Age 220 11. A Critique of the "Information Society" Concept 246 Glossary of Acronyms 270