Reference: Russell Ackoff on Doing Right Things Righter

Russell L. Ackoff

Russell L. Ackoff

Phi Beta Iota: Government is broken.  Ron Paul has that exactly right.  It is broken for two reasons: first because over time those spending the money have grown distant from those providing the money, the individual taxpayers, AND from reality.  The second reason it is broken is because knowledge itself has become fragmented, and “systems thinking” has fallen by the wayside.

Below are three quotes from a tremendous reference of lasting value to every citizen and policymaker.

ONE: Reformations and transformations are not the same thing.  Reformations are concerned with changing the means systems employ to pursue their objectives.  Transformations involve changes in the objectives they pursue.

cover ackoff paperTWO: The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become. When we make a mistake doing the wrong thing and correct it, we become wronger. When we make a mistake doing the right thing and correct it, we become righter. Therefore, it is better to do the right thing wrong than the wrong thing right. This is very significant because almost every problem confronting our society is a result of the fact that our public policy makers are doing the wrong things and are trying to do them righter.

THREE:  System thinking is holistic versus reductionist thinking, synthetic versus analytic.  Reductionist and analytic thinking derive properties of whoses from the properties of their parts.  Holistic and synthetic thinking derive properties of parts from the whole that contains them.

See also his book (one of many):

Amazon Page for Redesigning Society

Amazon Page for Redesigning Society