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Can Government lead Sustainability in Perpetuity?

Over the last few days, I have been struck by how much of news media is dedicated to political unrest globally. In fact, this morning I noted in review of my Blogged Networks feature on my desktop, that over 80% or bloggers offer posts that are positioned as “political causes for change,” “debating governmental harm,” or focused on what is wrong in the world.

Since the last 2010 BSR Conference, I can’t get Judith Rodin’s words out of my head.

Judith Rodin is the President of the Rockefeller Foundation that is asking for new thinking, new vocabulary and wicked solutions for wicked problems.  Wicked problems require wicked creativity and innovation.  I don’t think anyone this week after seeing what is happening in the Middle East or in the United States would say that we are not living in an era of “wicked problems.”

You can’t learn how to solve a wicked problem without getting to work and solving the problem and making mistakes.  We no longer have the luxury to do what is simple and easy. We have to broker critical partnership to innovate systemically and address complicated problems that address poverty, create jobs and build from impact investing with financial return that assures a global social impact.

Rodin described governments as the most risk averse; they obstruct change the most. Is this why the media is so filled with how people find government to be an imposition which are the greatest source of harm? Yet in recent weeks, it has become clear to me; governments are led by people who through plutocracy dictate the agenda. Most countries are not participating in building a response that the Rockefeller Foundation has described as “smart globalization.”

Unlike Egypt, where a political leader dictated for 30 years,  the United States has a democratic electoral system that requires we elect our leaders with some frequency. Yet many of the complaining citizens are not voting.   In a recent “special election,” to fill Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s absence in the Senate, approximately 2.2M  of the 7M registered voters in the State of Massachusetts voted.  A state notoriously Democratic elected a republican, with no background in politics or demonstrated skill solving “wicked problems.

So while Senator Brown is on the main-stream media circuit promoting his new book describing his personal challenges as kid , a new candidate has emerged with a background, education and track record to address “wicked problems.” Brown’s experience do make him human and align him with many others who have the experienced personally emotional and sexual abuse.  The irony is that these problems have become more pervasive as the US economy becomes more challenged economically.

Another problem in addition to the growing challenge of abuse and lost childhood, is the increasing problem of “medical bankruptcy, ” which may be the number one most complex “wicked problem,” facing the United States.  The problem amplifies and increases in risk for every US citizen because it is so complex and government is so focused on building a system of compliance to solve it, innovation is frequently obstructed.

Bob Massie on January 15, 2011  announced his candidacy as a Democrat for 2012 race to recover Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s senatorial seat. By January 23, 2012 CSRwire Talkback published my endorsement of Massie, in which I wrote

While I vote every election, I feel my vote has lost meaning. I am a declared independent because I feel all political parties have lost their focus on the most important issues of today. This lack of focus obstructs an ordinary persons survival and capacity to sustain their family by assuring a lifelong health care and education system that does not bankrupt them should they take ill.

…Bob Massie’s resume and passion for learning has led him to develop a thought leadership that cuts across the sectors of business, non-governmental organizations and government to influence change. He understands the domino effect and vicious systemic circles of obstruction that a person who lives life with chronic or life threatening illness can experience. He understands the ramifications of years of destruction to people and planet by environmental toxins and unsafe chemicals and the ramifications to the climate in accelerating global warming. To me Bob has an exceptional background for a Senatorial Candidate, which implies he has the background and perspective to win office.

What appealed to me is that Bob’s announcement and candidacy presents an opportunity for me with millions of others to find out if there is in fact a method of leadership from which a new candidate can come into the US Senate or Congress and actually lead government into practices that contribute to  solutions of wicked problems.

I am going to put my journalism to the test because I have selected to story capture Bob’s campaign, excellent position for a win and track how his proven leadership capacity can make the difference.

This column is the first of a new series – Politics & Accelerated Change.


Lavinia Weissman



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