Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, And Center by Henry MintzbergRebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, And Center by Henry Mintzberg

Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, And Center

byHenry Mintzberg

Paperback | January 5, 2015

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Enough of the imbalance that is causing the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves. Enough of the pendulum politics of left and right and paralysis in the political center. We require an unprecedented form of radical renewal. In this book Henry Mintzberg offers a new understanding of the root of our current crisis and a strategy for restoring the balance so vital to the survival of our progeny and our planet.

With the collapse of the communist regimes of Eastern Europe, Western pundits declared that capitalism had triumphed. They were wrong—balance triumphed. A healthy society balances a public sector of respected governments, a private sector of responsible businesses, and a plural sector of robust communities. Communism collapsed under the weight of its overbearing public sector.

Now the “liberal democracies” are threatened—socially, politically, even economically—by the unchecked excesses of the private sector.

Radical renewal will have to begin in the plural sector, which alone has the inclination and the independence to challenge unacceptable practices and develop better ones. Too many governments have been co-opted by the private sector. And corporate social responsibility can’t compensate for the corporate social irresponsibility we see around us “They” won’t do it. We shall have to do it, each of us and all of us, not as passive “human resources,” but as resourceful human beings.

Tom Paine wrote in 1776, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” He was right then. Can we be right again now? Can we afford not to be?
Henry Mintzberg is the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has won numerous awards from prestigious business, government, and academic institutions and is the author of the bestselling books Simply Managing, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, Managers Not MBAs, and Mintzberg on Ma...
Title:Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, And CenterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.71 inPublished:January 5, 2015Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1626563179

ISBN - 13:9781626563179


Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting views, important topic, but a bit dry I always have a hard time rating books, especially books like this. I waffled between 3 & 4 stars, and finally settled on the lesser score. Overall, I quite liked this book. It offers a nuanced and balanced view of our complex social system -- and that in itself in a pretty impressive feat -- and offers up a well-reasoned explanation of how society can be best modeled with 3 pillars, not the 2 that most authors put forth. That part is easily worth 4 stars. However, after that initial burst of insight, the book kind of slows down, at least to my mind. That's where the 3-stars come in. The 3-star rating is solidified, at least in my view, by the failure of the author to give a good solid outline of where to go from here. He says he's got a MOOC coming up in the fall of 2015, and I'd certainly sign up for that. The views presented in the book are interesting, and most certainly worth reading, but the book falls short of what it could be.
Date published: 2015-04-20

Table of Contents

Overview: The Basic Point
1. The Triumph of Imbalance
2. From Exploiting Resources to Exploring Our Resourcefulness
3. Three Pillars to Support a Balanced Society
4. Radical Renewal
5. You, Me, and We in This Troubled World
Appendix: Boiling in Our Own Water
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