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Deconstructing Decentralised Organizing, with Richard D. Bartlett

Buddhist Geeks

The Tradeoff Between Societal Coordination/Unity and Flexibility of Governance

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Societal resilience and adaptability are lacking on a national and state level, particularly highlighted during the pandemic. Authoritarian governments can respond quickly due to forced unity, but this may disintegrate people's agency. Grassroots initiatives are essential, and the government should act as a safety net supporting these initiatives. There is concern about citizens becoming passive consumers rather than active participants in democracy. The challenge lies in animating people's agency and empowering them to determine their lives and neighborhoods.

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