Social futures LO7665

Keith Cowan (72212.51@CompuServe.COM)
29 May 96 10:37:01 EDT

Replying to LO7597 --

Pat Thomson <> offers the observation:

>...It strikes me that American society has enshrined I, the individual, in
>the Constitution, in ways that few other societies have. In Australia, the
>motif of mateship and our obsession with people doing the right thing by
>their mates has been translated into a legislative framework where
>unemployment benefits, public health and housing provision, are seen as
>basic rights. The cultural component of this topic is intriguing.

A couple of years ago, I wrote a paper called "North America in
Transition" which highlights the effects of this cultural bias toward the
individual and compares it to Japan's consensus style.

It is available on the Web at
"" under references and
"na-trans". This is part of the root cause work I dd on a consulting
assignment regarding the external trends and how to find leverage under
our feet rather than trying to change "the system". I am interested in
your reactions.


Keith Cowan <72212.51@CompuServe.COM>

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