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Finally! 

At last, we now have access to a new science of management that can help us, citizens, whether we are politicians, civil servants, civic leaders or not, to make our societies better societies.

Indeed, if the 20th century led us to create many management sciences that have helped us to better manage all our organizations whether public or private, for-profit or not, including our civil service, our education and health care systems, transportation, etc., when it came to the management of our societies we were left in the dark. 🙁 

Hence, we had no idea what:

        • Goal we needed to attain?
        • What objectives we needed to achieve?
        • What resources and means we have at our disposition, etc.?

Fortunately, we finally have access to a new management science. This science was developed by Denis Pageau and is named SOCIETALogy, 1,2 and allows us to better understand our :   

        • Societies, and  
        • Role as citizens,

SOCIETALogy gives us the chance to study societies and citizenship has it has never been done before.  indeed, SOCIETALogy studies:

        • Societies as organizations, and 
        • Citizenship as a profession

This Is a Great News

Indeed, because we now know the goal we need to attain and the objectives that we need to achieve, it is possible to create two scientific models that we can use to guide our actions

The first model helps us understand what is a good” society. SOCIETALogy speaking, the best possible societies is a balanced society.

A balanced society is a society whose various laws, rules, regulations, habits and customs are optimized to reduce the level of individual, social and societal conflicts that naturally arise as we try to meet both our individual and collective needs.

Of course, we can’t eliminate conflict. We can only achieve equilibrium.

This implies that the vast majority of citizens meets both their individual and collective needs. When we reach equilibrium, we create a sustainable social order.


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This implies that the vast majority of citizens meets both their individual and collective needs. When we reach equilibrium, we create a sustainable social order.

The second model helps us understand what is a good” citizens. SOCIETALogy speaking citizenship is a profession. Hence a good citizen will have acquired the necessary knowledge and develop the necessary skills to execute its tasks efficiently.

If we use the Dreyfus and Dreyfus skill acquisition model to determine the level of skill citizens should possess, then SOCIETALogy speaking, citizens should have acquired the knowledge and develop the various personal, social and societal skills that would make them competent citizens.

Problems

Unfortunately, all over our global village our general level of competency is very low.  It is actually one of the core problems of our societies.

If we had a tool to evaluate the citizen quotient of every citizen today, we would find that the average Citizen Quotient would be between 15% and 25%.

Furthermore, this undesirable condition affects all citizens, including politicians, high-ranking officials, public administrators and civic leaders. Hence, under this condition, it is very difficult to achieve this equilibrium.

Indeed the lower our competence level the more difficult it is to maintain social order and the more we need to invest societal resources in order to solve or manage the various conflicts that arise which creates new conflicts.

This explains why the vast majority of the 193 countries that form our global village are in a constant state of disequilibrium. 🙁 

These disequilibria arise as we orient our political, economic, judicial, moral, military objectives and change our laws, rules, regulations, habits and customs accordingly.  

Unfortunately, because we do not have access to models to guide our actions, these changes create an environment where citizens can’t adequately or satisfactorily meet, their individual or collective needs.

The more difficult it is to meet our individual and collective needs the higher the level of conflict will be.

Furthermore, in the presence of a scientific void, the decisions we take to reorient our objectives, may:

        • Lead us in the wrong direction,
        • Be too safe  or
        • Be too ambitious.

When this happens we either overshoot or undershoot. Overtime, this produces a pendulum effect which creates many problems on their own, including extremism.  

The only reason some societies have reached a certain equilibrium is because some of our leaders have an intuitive understanding of what needs to be done to reduce the level of conflict.    

Solutions 

To solve these problems we need to use laws, rules, regulations, habits and customs that are compatible with a sustainable social order.

Since these elements are themselves influenced by the knowledge and beliefs that are present in our societies, we need to evaluate which knowledge and which beliefs will lead us to choose or create laws, rules, regulations, habits and customs that are compatible with a balanced society. 

Increase our General Level of Competency 

To achieve this we need to increase our “Citizen Quotient” to 60% in order to reach the level of competency of a competent citizen. This will help the vast majority of citizens to stay away from extremism and conspiracy theories. 

Increase the General Level of Competency of Our Leaders

If 60% is enough for citizens in general, our civic leaders and politicians (local representatives) should be proficient. However, senior politicians like presidents, prime ministers, secretaries as well as their high-ranking officials, should be expert

This higher level of knowledge and skills is needed as these people are in charge of the functioning and development of our governments and our societies.  Hence they need to be at least proficient or experts.

Linking Governance and Ethics

SOCIETALogy is a macromanagement science. It helps us identify our goals and objectives. Thus it helps us govern our societies.

Once our goals and objectives are identified, then it is possible to identify and implement societal best practices, those that will help us create and maintain a sustainable social order. These are then used to guide our individual, group and collective actions.  Hence, SOCIETALogy helps create a link between citizen ethics and governance.  

Since SOCIETALogy is the science that allows us to better manage our societies, it influences directly or indirectly all other organizations.

Indeed, if their products or services do not propose solutions that are compatible with the functioning and development of a balanced society, they create conflicts.

SOCIETALogy also directly or indirectly influences all other professions, because our first profession requires us to be a competent citizen.

Hence whether we are:

an influencer, a chief, a decision maker, a manager, a worker, a student, etc.,

our individual, group and collective actions should be compatible with the development of a balanced society, whether we are paid to do these actions are not.

Sustainable Social Order

As citizens become more competent and as we implement best practices that are compatible with a sustainable social order, then we limit the effects of the pendulum. 

Sharing this knowledge

Citizenship is a profession. To be more precise it is our first profession.

If we want to achieve an equilibrium, we need to increase our level of competency as well as the level of competency of our fellow citizens. We thus need to share this knowledge both with the current generation and with the future generations.

For the latter we need to tweak our educational system in order to present the information that we teach our children with a twist. It will be probably be the same content but it will be presented in such a way that it will be practical. It will help them become better citizens and take part in the dialogues that are shaping their societies.  

How to Study Societies? 

To better understand how SOCIETALogy can be used to study societies, please view this explainer video.

1 – The term SOCIETALogy is a neologism which associates the words SOCIETAL of the classical Latin: societas, “association” and LOGY of Greek origin: study.

2 – SOCIETALogy can be used to study cities and countries, Thus, local and national societies, as well as intermediate societies such as provinces, states, departments, etc. are included. It can of course be used to study our global village.