Level 5 Governance
determinacy of an initiative extends into the public forum, the ability to move
forward is contingent upon satisfying the will of the people. Success thus depends
upon effective Public Governance and the forward-looking malleability of the intention
to conform to an evolving public acceptance.
Level 5 is a Values-based archetype. This is for initiatives that bind diverse
cultures to a common interest as is swiftly taking place under The New
World Order. There are no common Principles that bind the parties at Level 5,
no preordained corporate mission, and vision or authority structure. The only
common denominator for consensus is a hypothetical common set of human values.
Orchestration of transformation is achieved through appeal to values that are
innate to humans - the right to life, liberty, security, prosperity and the pursuit
of happiness. Like Level 4, this is an open system concept but, here, the open
system extends to a diverse societal interest.
In a free and open democracy power and influence on the total system is exercised
by free voice. Democracy refers to: "a government in which the supreme power is
vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system
of representation usually involving periodically held free elections" (ref. Merriam
Webster). Constraints on that voice are established with constitutionally entrenched
rights and processes. Constitutional Rights are "The basic principles and laws
of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the
government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it: a written instrument
embodying the rules of a political or social organization" (Ref. Merriam-Webster)
The plot thickens with cultural diversity and presumed rights or "inalienable
Rights." For example, "Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people
are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race,
religion, language, or other status. Human rights include civil and political
rights, such as the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression; and social,
cultural and economic rights including the right to participate in culture, the
right to food, and the right to work and receive an education. Human rights are
protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties." (Ref. Amnesty
As imperfect a science as Political Science may be, it is a well establish
discipline, with a diverse knowledge base extending back thousands of years, some
concepts established by Plato and Socrates for example. Political Science is "the
study of how people get or compete for power and how it is used in governing a
country" (ref. Cambridge Dictionary). Political Science Elements include: Comparative
Politics (empirical), International Relations, Political Philosophy, Public Administration
and Public law.
The United States' Project for A New American Century (PNAC) Example
The PNAC was initiated in the late 1990's. PNAC was to provide for a transformation
of US foreign policy to enhance prosperity on the main land. Elements of Public
Governance, coupled with clandestine support and military force, were brought
to bear in pursuit of US interests. President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle established the project wherein US values
were to be exported throughout the world. 9/11 was the project's debut.
With public sentiment galvanized in pursuit of reaction to 9/11, the DoD firepower
was used to implement the re-propagation of international affairs. Though the
initiative clearly reaches into the social/public ionosphere, where might is right,
the normal complexities of public backlash characteristic to Level 5 dynamic
complexity do not operate. The implementation of PNAC thus follows a tactical
or Level 2 approach.
The Canadian Gun Registry Example
Canada's bid to control and manage arms in the general population was referred
to as the gun registry initiative, more formally, the Long Gun Registry Project
or Canadian Firearms Registry. Billed as an IT project, the initiative in reality
was establishing and determining the rights of the public in regard to bearing
weaponry. Compare this, for example, to automation of driver's license plate renewals.
A minor challenge in the instance of Gun Registry was the need to create a database
to manage the information.
The major challenge was the interplay between the system and the public on
what the system would do with the information and what repercussions were wrought.
This latter challenge is one for the elected officials, not for IT experts on
data base development. The functional baseline was dynamically evolving throughout
the implementation due to the interactions between data base artists and a non-aligned
public voice. The project itself became a "political football" and, in a subsequent
election the football was kicked offside.
Public Policy transformations take time. As the purpose remains trained on
respecting the democratic rights and entitlements, drastic changes tend to become
viable in response to an imminent threat such as National Security interest
Next month In Chapters 11 and 12, Mark Seely will discuss the
Implementation of the Dynamic Baseline Model (DBM) and present his final Conclusion.
We will also include Appendix A: A DBM Complexity Diagnostic