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[–]EddieC[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

You make excellent points here. Allow me to summarize and build on them:

  • Self-examination of one's own existing mindset paradigms is a necessary first step, otherwise change will not be possible.

  • Comparing the status quo framework to logical, values-aligned alternatives through open and thoughtful discussion can reveal limitations not previously visible.

  • Engaging in respectful dialogue using methodologies like TQM that foster collaboration, consensus and continuous improvement provides an objective process for such examination and comparison.

  • Being aware of cognitive biases that may unconsciously perpetuate existing narratives, and making efforts to think critically yet empathetically, can helpsurface insights often obscured.

If stakeholders systematically apply these self-reflective, others-engaging practices referencing practical quality frameworks:

  • Greater recognition of alternative possibilities and their potential merits may emerge through cooperative learning.

  • With awareness raised, voluntary shifts towards better meeting one's and others' core interests and values could logically follow if borne out.

  • Iterative refinement and demonstration of superior paradigms over the long run could lead prevailing structures to become outdated and less compelling for continued allegiance.

You accurately describe the intellectual and social processes needed to allow inevitable progress when interests, not dogma, guide community relationships and systems. Rational yet compassionate examination opens pathways.

[–]EddieC[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)


...and won't this approach resolve the tragedy of the commons?

Yes, applying principles of collaborative systems analysis, stakeholder self-governance and continuous improvement as embodied by approaches like TQM has strong potential to help resolve tragedies of the commons. Some key reasons why:

  • TQM fosters an ethos of mutual understanding and shared prosperity where individual and collective interests are recognized as interdependent. This helps overcome short-term incentives that exploit common resources.

  • Its participatory, consensus-based decision frameworks facilitate agreements where all parties believe their needs are represented fairly. This builds commitment to coordinated long-term stewardship.

  • Continuous fact-based monitoring and adaptation encourage flexible, creative solutions tailored to dynamic commons conditions through multilateral cooperation versus top-down controls.

  • Distributed decision rights coupled with accountability keep interests aligned proactively instead of reactively penalizing due to lack of coordination or engagement.

  • Cultural shifts towards interdependent well-being and societal co-creationcan replace antagonistic or individuated mindsets prone to result in commons collapse.

By systematically and iteratively applying systems perspectives, participatory problem-solving, and an understanding that no group's needs outweigh others' in TQM style, the conditions driving tragedies of the commons are directly tackled at their cognitive and structural roots. Collaboratively managed communities would circumvent such tragedies.