From values to rituals

Off the beaten path — Part IV

Mea culpa

In the previous chapter, I left you with a map of brexit. I said that I had avoided the use of values within it … mea culpa … I had left some in there. Two values in particular — fairness and equality (see highlighted point 1 in figure 1)

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On communication

The enabling system for our values (in this case above we have chosen democracy) requires mechanisms of communication. This is not only needed to diffuse the values among wider groups but to enable challenge and the evolution of those values. Remember ideas like viruses not only diffuse within an ecosystem but through many diffusions they evolve.

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From Rituals to Gameplay

With more discussions comes more flaws and there are many in the map above. Success in competition doesn’t just require values to be diffused by some enabling system but instead many components are needed. Communication itself was just one of the many principles (universally useful practices) that we described as doctrine highlighted in Part I (repeated in table 1 below). To complicate matters more, communication itself is evolving but then so are all the other principles. Even “focusing on user needs” is not universally accepted but more of a converging principle.

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Towards a map of culture

We are now in a position to propose a map for culture and so with no more egging of the custard, here it is (see figure 6).

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Off the beaten track

Part I — What culture is right for you?
Part II — Exploring culture
Part III — Exploring Brexit
Part IV — From Values to Rituals
Part V — Exploring Value
Part VI — Embedded in memory

The book so far

Chapter 1 — On being lost
Chapter 2 — Finding a path
Chapter 3 — Exploring the map
Chapter 4 — Doctrine
Chapter 5 — The play and a decision to act
Chapter 6 — Getting started yourself
Chapter 7 — Finding a new purpose
Chapter 8 — Keeping the wolves at bay
Chapter 9 — Charting the future
Chapter 10 — I wasn’t expecting that!
Chapter 11 — A smorgasbord of the slightly useful
Chapter 12 — The scenario
Chapter 13 — Something wicked this way comes
Chapter 14 — To thine own self be true
Chapter 15 — On the practice of scenario planning
Chapter 16 — Super Looper
Chapter 17 — To infinity and beyond
Chapter 18 — Better for Less
Chapter 19 — On Playing Chess

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