Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Social innovation in practice – an appeal for a change in public administration

For a person to fully expressand exercise her/his potentials, favorable conditions and environment are needed. In the time of crisis, humans in leading positions, especially in social administration, seem to revert over and over again to the same type of formula in order to cope with critical situations and distract people from question and challenge by ensuring the people have bread, yet, squeeze them on rules, and feed them with worries and fears... I hope that these days we are stronger emotionally and spiritually to face these challenges with a new energy, and with a new approach.


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On an individual level the signs of change are becoming more noticeable daily; even more, those who use innovation for value creation, understand inner values and strengths better. However, we need to see beyond ourselves. We also need to innovate the structures that arguably have served us well in the past, but however, have now become obsolete in this time of personal renaissance.

Along these lines, I am offering 2 key areas for innovation that can bring the public sector closer to the individuals, and that can lead to an overall social prosperity:

1. Organizational change: move towards more personal and transparent organizational structures:

o EXPLANATION: most of today’s social and public challenges can only be well addressed with integrated, horizontal solutions; so, imagine that instead of the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry for Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, the Ministry of Finance, etc., we have a Ministry for Humans, Ministry for Plants, Ministry for Animals, Ministry for Value creation, Ministry for Resources (energy, water, air, minerals, raw materials) that work together as a multi structural team with a common higher goal – prosperity of the Planet.

2. Attitude change: re-train people working in the public sector to become dedicated coordinators of all programs and projects that serve common good; to serve people, and not the structures

o EXPLANATION: most of today’s workers in the public sector are administrators that shuffle papers, follow the rules, and try to put citizens in different boxes; how about understanding the needs and behaviors of citizens, recognizing different skills, connecting them, help solving real challenges and opportunities that people might have in their social and public life.

With these arguments, the sign of a proactive stance of the National Council of Slovenia (NCS), deserves our attention. The EU has become a machine that is far too often missing the vital needs of its citizens. The NCS is proposing a change, an innovative approach to addressing today's problems. It might not be the most advanced proposal but it is a very important first step that can lead to sustainable resolutions for modern times.

See it below. Be critical. Please respond!

Regards, Violeta


Ljubljana, 8 June 2011

Pursuant to Articles 66 and 98 of the National Council Rules of Procedure (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nos. 70/08, 73/09 and 101/10) it shall be proposed that the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia submits to the European Parliament

THE PROPOSAL REGARDING URGENT MEASURES TO PROTECT THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE CITIZENS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

The National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, the second chamber of the Slovenian parliamentary system, shall propose to the European Parliament that it requests from the European Commission and other European institutions an immediate formulation of tangible measures regarding the institutional improvement in the operation of the European Union.

It is assumed that the primary mission and duty of political bodies and all branches of government is
to provide for the preservation and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens. It is assessed that current international conditions basically prevent the quality of life from being the basic strategic goal of the economic policy of the European Union and the interests of the financial industry have become the guiding principle. In the specific case of Greece it is crystal clear that the interests of transnational speculative financial funds were the reason for the crisis and, what is particularly unconscionable is that profit is made in every phase triggering the crisis and during the crisis. Austerity and other measures in the case of Greece or any other of the countries in trouble cannot be effective as long as the operation of speculative financial instruments continues to be allowed. We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that the functioning of political institutions is under the prevailing influence of transnational capital. The notion of the free functioning of trade mechanisms and their satisfactory regulation of the economy has become a dangerous illusion, unacceptable from the point of view of common sense, of human rights and the principals of world ethos. How can it be expected that the citizens of the European Union can support the stabilisation of macroeconomic parameters by means of austerity measures with regard to salaries, pensions and reduction of social security in the fields of health care and education when there is widespread recognition that immense financial assets are being accumulated in tax oases. How can the citizens of the European Union accept the logic that players in the financial crises are being paid vast amounts unimaginable to the common citizen?

It is not possible to find satisfactory justifications for
adding value and finding a large enough number of work posts in the EU Member States within the present institutional framework. The complete liberalization of the international economy runs in compliance with the requirements of WTO, IMF and WB but causes rapid cuts in traditional work posts in the EU Member States which is unacceptable within society as it creates a society of disappointed persons receiving support instead of a society of active and motivated citizens.

The European Union and the
Euro are matters highly valued by EU citizens and yet they are in great crisis. We have to be aware that, objectively neither the EU nor the Euro alone must be the ultimate aim for the citizens of the EU but they must be items which have extraordinary significance and yet still have the role of funds and not the role of the ultimate goal. The question arises whether the EU authorities will ever allow it to happen that measures for the protection of the fundamental interests of the EU citizens would lapse since in so doing they would create genuine doubts about the reasonableness of the existence of the EU and Euro. It is hard to imagine the successful functioning of the EU without the Euro acquiring a stronger role as a world currency. The restructuring of the international monetary system with the greater role of the Euro and a reduced role of American dollar is an urgently needed component of the institutional framework to ensure the conditions of the quality of life of EU citizens.

This is why we specifically propose to the European Parliament that, in cooperation with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and other institutions, it should
formulate, adopt and implement the following measures:

1. Regulation of financial markets by disabling the operation of immoral financial instruments.
2. Protection of work posts in the EU Member States.
3. Enhancement of the role of the Euro as the global currency.


Mag. Blaž Kavčič

President


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2 comments:

brief Al said...

It is hard to believe that no one commented on this very cogent and relevant missive. The opening statement alone "It is assumed that the primary mission and duty of political bodies and all branches of government is to provide for the preservation and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens", so clearly defines what a state should be and at the same time makes it clear to any informed individual that our governing bodies are engaged in anything but this primary mission. Why aren't more people clamoring to rectify this? This article should go viral and bring people out in the street to protest the fact that our governing bodies are being run for the benefit of financial speculators, not the citizens of Europe. The U.S. is just as bad. One only has to look at the bailout of the banks by the current administration when the same amount of money they shoveled to the banks, had it been instead used to pay the delinquent mortgages of the citizens would have alleviated the banks' problems by bringing people current on their mortgages. Then the government should have prosecuted the banks and their agents for the outrageous loans they wrote and forced the rewriting of the mortgages with reasonable terms. I could go on and on with other examples, but this letter by g. Kavčič deserves wider dissemination.

Viki said...

I just left from govermental bussines enviroment where I' ve been responsible for work of cca 40 employees. I missed the trust between members of leadership. I long for creative field of opened people who trust them selves and follow intuition. I'll keep on surching by starting bussines on my own, knowing that only together we can find the best solutions, make changes and take a good care of each other.

Reading and listening about present new aproaches in leadership makes me stronger in what I believe.

Viktorija