Author Archives: Barry

No matter where you live

In 1978, I moved away from bureaucracy.  I did so because I was disillusioned with the top-down system and wanted to live away from it.  I had a naive belief that I would achieve this if we lived on the … Continue reading

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Left or right, up or down?

In the UK, what happens locally on the ground is not much to do with local political control at the time, either locally or nationally.  It is the day to day bureaucratic management processes which determine what happens. The ‘rules’ … Continue reading

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Janet’s Story

Those who believe in the decentralisation of public services do so because it is thought that better decisions will be made the closer service users are to decision-makers. Not so. Take social services as an example, where you might expect … Continue reading

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Seeing things from the bottom-up

Things look different from bottom up. So when we think about the future, we have to do so fully conscious of the assumptions we make about our own prejudices.  Where do you sit?  Looking down on us below or up … Continue reading

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Top-down and bottom-up are already living together.

I have just come across a suggestion that our present top-down bureaucratic form of government should be replaced by “one that is open to challenge from below”. This reminds me of how the idea of localism was corrupted by the … Continue reading

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Bigger but not Better

A symptom of decreasing community participation in public service planning and management is the increasing size of public service organisations. It has now reached a stage where there is no effective public participation, just consultation and not much of that. … Continue reading

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Sark: A State run from the bottom up

There are few examples in Europe of political entities – States, Regions, Cities or Parishes – which are governed from the bottom up. The small Channel Island of Sark is one such. In looking for possibilities of system change we … Continue reading

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A mind in the making: From top-down objectivity to bottom-up mindfulness

When thinking about the future it is essential that we do so fully conscious of the assumptions we make about our own prejudices.  Where do you sit?  Looking down on us below or up to those above us?  It took … Continue reading

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A Mind in the Making: From the Bottom-Up

This is an attempt to devise a way of finding our way through the connectedness of how things are – that is if you want to do this.  Most people don’t want to because they are perfectly content with where they … Continue reading

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