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By Stafford Beer

"Stafford Beer is absolutely one of the global s such a lot provocative, inventive, and profound thinkers near to administration, and he files his pondering with an aptitude that's unequalled. His writing is as a lot paintings because it is technological know-how. he's the main potential procedure I know." Dr Russell L Ackoff, The Institute for Interactive administration, Pennsylvania, united states. "If a person could make it [Operations study] understandably readable and certainly attention-grabbing it's Stafford Beer every body in administration can be thankful to him for utilizing transparent and from time to time dependent English or even stylish diagrams." The Economist in keeping with the Massey Lectures, this booklet examines the explanations why the associations of our society may be failing, and opens a dialogue as to what can be performed. Drawing at the technology of powerful association, that is his definition of cybernetics, Stafford Beer explains key cybernetic rules in phrases and photographs that every one can comprehend. He concludes that our society commits increasingly more assets to plastering over the cracks within the procedure which easily reappear whereas freedom itself is more and more eroded. The associations has to be redesigned, and back to the folk, to whom the medical instruments for doing this should belong.

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The variety equation is overturned once again: here is a recipe to ensure that Designing Freedom ✂✕✄ 4. Science in the Service of Man on arrival in the board-room the worker’s participation will be indistinguishable from that of the other directors. Take the question: What is the theory of relativity? Because of the cultural myths that all technology is dehumanizing, and that all great minds are incomprehensible, we shall prefer to sit a hundred pupils uncomfortably in front of a human teacher who hopes he understands relativity, and who roughed out some notes last night, rather than to give the individual pupil access to videotape recordings which he can replay to his hearts content, of Albert Einstein—who could be as lucid as the day.

Point Four: there is as yet no way in which the people can decide on which projects their money should be spent. ✢ Point Five: there is no reason why spending money according to the wishes of the people should cost more than to spend it according to the wishes of the bureaucracy, provided that the central regulatory model has been democratically composed, and is properly understood. ✢ Point Six: and this is new: the cost of many new societary projects could be met from savings made by dismantling the bureaucracy.

The future, in short, is unpredictable, because there is too much variety in the air. It is called freedom. On the other hand, I may have a model of you, I may have found out how you are, and have a very good idea of what you will do. This fact does not constrain your freedom; it constrains the variety of my model of how you use it. If this distinction had been understood some time back in history , there would have been less confusion in what used to be very popular discussions of free will. Then let us extend the analysis to planning.

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