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Sender: Steven H Johnson
Subject: Putting questions on the table
Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Msg: 100890

Hi everyone -

As a wonkish romantic (yes, I worked at Bain for three years in the 80s, and, yes, I came of age in the Sixties)....

.... my largest concern is that a great many very important processes occur at vast scale, and when they are done badly, their consequences are damaging at vast scale.

Which leads to this aspiration: That we aspire to have our society develop a capacity for competence, at scale. At a national scale, we would call it "enterprise-level competence" - a concept that builds on the "enterprise perspective" of a CEO.

And to the concern: We as a society fall short of this, partly for character reasons - too much rationalization and corruption - and partly for reasons of sloppy thinking - just not enough rigor to get to the bottom of things.

Competence at scale. Does this aspiration resonate with anyone else?


Steve Johnson Annapolis, MD ############################

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