Redesigning Society

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Stanford University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 184 pages
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Health care, education, welfare, law—the perceived success or failure of these social institutions is constantly being debated in the public arena. In this book, Ackoff and Rovin join the discussion, using systems theory to develop new approaches to governance, the structure and function of our cities, and civic leadership in general.

Each chapter tackles a different, important, and timely issue. The authors develop and present specific solutions, with the intention of starting a national dialogue about the structure and organization of American society. Their redesign, radical in its scope and ambition, draws upon existing technology and social constructs, but provides innovative ways to apply them. As the authors contend, “it is only through creative thought and innovation that our society will be transformed into one that provides a more equitable distribution of wealth, quality of life, and opportunities for development.”

  

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Contents

Governance
14
The City Housing and Transport
39
Health Care
62
Education
82
Welfare
124
Leading Development
150
How to Get Started
165
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Russell L. Ackoff is the Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Sheldon Rovin is Emeritus Professor of Healthcare Systems at the Wharton School and past Director of Healthcare Executive Education Management Programs at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

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