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Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
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Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
Pbog 50 days to save the planet 4 oct 2012
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PBOG The sociology of organisational life - mapping out what's happening to our welfare state and trying to understand why

PBOG The sociology of organisational life - mapping out what's happening to our welfare state and trying to understand why

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  • 1. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamA working hypothesis by Clive Burgess October 2012My global perspective➔ One World ~ Many People with different cultures Curious... looking beyond the obvious at the bigger picture Clive Burgess ©2012
  • 2. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamFirst Premises of Materialist MethodMen can be distinguished from animals byconsciousness, by religion or anything else you like.They themselves begin to distinguish themselves fromanimals as soon as they begin to produce their means ofsubsistence, a step which is conditioned by theirphysical organisation. By producing their means ofsubsistence men are indirectly producing their actualmaterial life. Karl Marx. The German Ideology. 1845 Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 3. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up Stream CONSUMERISMThe Smiley face of State/Monopoly Capitalism Evil C C live THE BIG SOCIETY Exposing the PLAN Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 4. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLANPBOG the sociology of organisational life focuses on one aspect ofsocial reality Relationships → Control & Resistance → ← Reproduction & Transformation← Activities CONFLICT & The Class Struggle“This is a systemic crises of a form of capitalism that has brokenfree of society and democracy. Financialised capital has shakenoff responsibility not just to society but the wider economy”.Jon Cruddas & Andrea Nahies – Short pamphlet – Compass & Friedrich Ebert FoundationI think capital now controls most of the economic process Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 5. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamThe Man with a PLAN → Cameron → Blair → Major → ThatcherLiberal Democratic Ideology → Neo-LiberalismExposing the PLANStrategy:➔ to control key parts of the public infrastructure, transport, energy, communications, and the [citizens] welfare state infrastructure, using such things as Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Social Investment Funds (SIF), Corporate Social Responsibility or Corporate Citizen and Sustainable Development.➔ Emerging social investment market + Green Bank? - the green economy?➔ Organised mechanism to gain more power and control in the economyClive Burgess ©2012 Dexter Whitfield 2012
  • 6. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN Localism - Self-regulation – Empowerment? EDUCATIONHEALTH & WELLBEING EMPLOYMENT HOUSING Costs escalating BUILT ENVIRONMENTIncludes: Wages droppingWelfare – Social Services COMMUNITIESNational Health Service Hubs, ClusterNational Care Service Incubators ENERGYPrison Services -Probation Networks Includes:Pensions cut or reduced Fuel Security Prices increasedChild Poverty Target Changed TRANSPORT Fuel Poverty Target Changed INFRASTRUCTUREENVIRIONMENT Includes: NATIONAL SECURITY INTERNATIONAL Fresh water Includes: INVESTMENT Flood defence Armed Forces Food production Police, Fire, Ambulance, Forests & Woodlands Coastal Services BUSINESS CAPTURE Coastline ECONOMY of Sustainable Development Funding Cut Double Dip Recession Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 7. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLANAim➔ To reduce the role of the state➔ To change public values and expectations of public services and [citizens] welfare stateObjectivesTo transfer more power➔ 1 – from the state to capital➔ 2 – from employee to employer➔ 3 – from service user to private contractor Clive Burgess ©2012 Dexter Whitfield 2012
  • 8. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN ~ Liberal Democratic Ideology ~ The Mask➔ Community budgets➔ Participative budgeting➔ Big society➔ Voluntary sector contracting➔ Mutuals➔ Social enterprisesThis will be celebrated but will only be mainstreamed if benefit aminority. They will be tolerated because, in parallel, capital is gainingcontrol of a far larger share of public and [citizens] welfare stateprovision. Deregulation is used to weaken unions and communityorganisations, and marginalise other civil organisations. Clive Burgess ©2012 Dexter Whitfield 2012
  • 9. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN The Big Society Rhetoric“Big society” rhetoric is all too often heard by manyas aspirational waffle designed to conceal a deeplydamaging withdrawal of the state from itsresponsibilities to the most vulnerable THE BIG SOCIETY Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012Faith in the Public Square, Rowan Williams Arch Bishop ofCanterbury, quoted in The Observer 24 July 2012
  • 10. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN ~ Risk Management➔ *Transferring risk, cost and responsibilities to individuals.➔ *Strict regulations on Trades Union activities are designed to maintain managers right to manage➔ The Hidden Persuaders – double speak➔ Selling a sense of power – personalisation – individualism “Take control of your life” “Freedom” etc➔ Selling a sense of unity, community involvement and participation. “We’re all in this together” “social action” etc➔ Selling the dream! Consumerism the smiley face of State/Monopoly Capitalism Clive Burgess ©2012 *Dexter Whitfield 2012
  • 11. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN ~ The Mutation of PrivatisationMy Dad is getting me a new book Research Report number5? July 2012 Dexter Whitfield Slide Share to follow once Ihave read and digested it.The Deconstructing of Democracy – Slide Share to followPBOG the sociology of organisational life focuses onone aspect of social realityActivities →Control & Resistance → ← Reproduction & Transformation ← Relationships CONFLICT & The Class Struggle Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 12. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN*Real engagement and empowerment remain a fantasyconcept. The Coalition promotes a form of social actionin which individuals, volunteers, charities, communitygroups and voluntary organisations act as changeagents to change individual or group behaviour andlobby for local politics. It is far removed fromgrassroots organising, education and action.Clive Burgess ©2012 *Dexter Whitfield 2012 ^PBOG the sociology of organisational life ~ focus onone part of a dialectic process of social realityActivities →Reproduction & Transformation ← Relationships
  • 13. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamExposing the PLAN Clive Burgess ©2012Activity – Social Action➔ PLAN- Strategy : individuals, charities etc used as Change Agents➔ BEHAVIOUR Changing peoples patterns of behaviour by promoting social action➔ ORGANISATION Look at the patterns of ownership➔ GUIDELINES ~ Network Multi-Media ~ The Hidden Persuaders “Sticking to the script” “Singing from the same hymn sheet” “Learning you lines to play your Part” Using jokes about “elf and Safety” “The railways always ran late when they were Nationalised” “How many council workers does it take”...etcetera Changing words from Social Security to Welfare Benefit and the like ~ This produces a new common sense if you keep on saying it is common sense.Relationships – Owners, Controllers and Producers
  • 14. STANDARD MODEL Information Management CONTROL Risk Management Meetings Supervision Consultation People Management PLAN BEHAVIOUR Self-regulationBusiness Capture Comply . Participate Teamwork Conform Roles and Financial Responsibilities Management GUIDELINES ORGANISATION Manage Legislative Management Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Benchmarking - Targets Corrective Action PBOG Sanctions Operations Management The sociology of organisational life Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 15. Exposing the PLAN Information Management CONTROL Risk Management Meetings People Supervision Management Consultation Whats going on symbolically? PLAN BEHAVIOUR Whats going on Change Agents Social Action politically? Self-regulationBusiness Capture Comply . Participate Teamwork Conform Roles and Financial Responsibilities Management GUIDELINES ORGANISATION Hidden Patterns of Persuaders Ownership What going on from a Whats going on people perspective? Manage structurally? Legislative Management Key Performance Indicators - Benchmarking Corrective Action Operations Management PBOG The sociology of organisational life Sanctions Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 16. Exposing the PLAN Information Management CONTROL Risk Management Meetings Supervision Consultation People Management PLAN BEHAVIOUR Social Political Self-regulation Physiology ScienceBusiness Capture Comply . Participate Teamwork Conform Roles and Financial Management GUIDELINES ORGANISATION Responsibilities Behavioural Political Economics History Manage Legislative Management Key Performance Indicators - Benchmarking Corrective Action PBOG Sanctions Operations Management The sociology of organisational life Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 17. PBOG – Organisational Life CONSULTATION Patterns of PLAN BEHAVIOUR COMPLY TEAMWORK CONFORM PARTICIPATE Legal or Other Rational GUIDELINES MANAGE ORGANISATION ASPECTSClive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 18. PBOG – Organisational Life MEETINGS Patterns of PLAN BEHAVIOUR ROLESSELF-REGULATION & SANCTIONS SUPERVISION RESPONSIBILITIES Legal or Other Rational GUIDELINES KPIs - TARGETS ORGANISATION SOCIAL CONTROLS Clive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 19. PBOG – Organisational Life Management of Patterns of PLAN INFORMATION BEHAVIOURManagement of Management of FINANCE PEOPLE Legal or Other Management of Rational GUIDELINES OPERATIONS ORGANISATION Management of Management of LEGISLATION MANAGEMENT RISKS PRACTICES Clive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 20. PBOG – Organisational Life Patterns of PLAN Implementation of Plan BEHAVIOURInterpretation of the Direct, Inform, Instruct and TrainGuidelines all participants in the organisation Legal or Other Rational GUIDELINES ORGANISATION Rules – Activity Theory Definition of the situation LAW Clive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 21. PBOG – Organisational Life Evaluate or review Plan Patterns of PLAN BEHAVIOUR Cooperate with others Follow the legal or other Guidelines in relation to the situation (Rules - Law) Rational Organisation Legal or Other Rational GUIDELINES ORGANISATION This is how its done around here SituationClive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 22. PBOG – Organisational Life Patterns of PLAN BEHAVIOUR Participants of the organisation By definition will Focus on the plan and give Rational Organisations feedback about the plan Create Competition between participants Legal or Other Coordination of effort Rational GUIDELINES (division of effort) ORGANISATION We want you to do this with these to produce that safelyClive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 23. PBOG – Organisational Life This is how it should be done Patterns of PLAN BEHAVIOURInternalised plans are conditioned Enforce or encourage participants toby the legal or other Guidelines Follow the Guidelines(Rules, Regulation - Law) (Rules - Law) Legal or Other Rational GUIDELINES ORGANISATION An increased level of Competence comes through practice, skills, knowledge and experience, time served, and certification Clive Burgess Copyright September 2011
  • 24. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up Stream NOW is the TIME to STOP THINKING about the MARKET and START THINKING ABOUT THE STATE!!!Clive Burgess ©2012
  • 25. Social Interventionist State – Working TogetherIn Place of Austerity Information Management CONTROL Risk Management Meetings Supervision Consultation People Collectivity ManagementPolitical & Moral BEHAVIOUR Authority PLAN Political Governance ActivismRegulation of theMarketsFirms Comply . Participate TeamworkOrganisations Conform Roles and Responsibilities GUIDELINES ORGANISATION of the Financial STATE Legislative The Management Powers STATE Democratic Manage Process Legislative Management Human Development Key Performance Indicators - Targets International Standards for Quality, Environment & Social Responsibility Corrective Action PBOG Sanctions Operations Management The sociology of organisational life Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 26. The kaleidoscope turns as another part of the mosaic of life shift its position creating new patterns Reproduction & TransformationPBOG: PLAN Activity Theory Brain directs instructs informs trainswithin *Rational Organisation gives focus & feedback to yourPlan (Brain)*Rational Organisation on an individual level I want me to dothis with these to produce that or at a collective level We wantyou to do this with these to produce that.Quote “We are no longer the post-ideologicalgeneration; we are now a generation at the heartof the resistance”30/11/2010Clive Burgess ©Oct 2012
  • 27. 50 Days to Save the Planet Swimming Up StreamA working hypothesis by Clive Burgess October 2012My global perspective➔ One World ~ Many People with different cultures Curious... looking beyond the obvious at the bigger picture ~ Now that was a lot of technical stuffClive Burgess ©2012 Thank You for your time & Energy – hope you enjoy my stuff

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