Category Archives: Bottom up

The future of care: A grey future?

The lesson for a futurist: history is made of unintended consequences. Whenever you think about a solution to something, deeply examine the possibility that it will create opposite effect. Every solution bears seeds of a new problem. Marina Gorbis, Institute … Continue reading

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I have seen the future – and it’s clusters

The world is full of clusters. They have been around since the beginning of time. They can be seen from both top down and bottom up. From the bottom-up you may belong to a cluster, from the top down clusters … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy will prevail, but we could change the way it works

One of the reasons bureaucracy annoys us so is that it mostly doesn’t seem to provide the services we, as individuals, want for ourselves and for the areas in which we live.  We grumble about declining services and also about … Continue reading

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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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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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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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