Society's Breakthrough!: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People

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  • ISBN-13: 9780759691681
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    Rough Proposes Empowering "We The People"

    How is a new author to capture the public imagination in such times as ours? Jim Rough¿s premier book has done this in spades ¿ no, in hearts. Without giving the story away, I urge all who are discouraged and perhaps embarrassed at our nation¿s fall from global grace to get this thoughtful and powerful little book. It suggests a simple solution by which government, governance, and civic life in the U.S.A. might come alive again. Rough proposes a simple way to move from today¿s mechanistic, short-term, close-up, hypercapitalistic priorities into a new popular democracy. His rebirth of democracy activates and applies our innate native wisdom, creating social and economic systems which operate sustainably and intelligently. Society¿s Breakthrough is a good straight-forward read with profound implications. It proposes a nationwide awakening into a new civic vitality and creative power. Rough proposes a take-over, a civic coup, a rebirth of democracy which taps and activates the social intelligence of We The People. An alternate title might have been "Reconstituting Democracy: A Constitutional Amendment for We The People of the 21st Century." Jim Rough writes for everyone, not for the scholar, yet he manages to convey a profound message. He proposes that the ordinary person is not only capable of understanding deeply complex issues, but is the BEST engineer and designer of new choices. We The People have never actually come to power in this country, Rough contends, yet it is We The People who are best able to understand and interpret our social systems and create self-organized solutions even to today¿s ¿impossible¿ problems. Rough proposes that we need only implement a simple structure in order to activate the collective wisdom that resides in We The People. The ¿Breakthrough¿ which Rough proposes is no modest thing, being a constitutional ammendment. Its effect is to bring about a quiet yet total revolution. Skeptical at first, I found the book persuasive and exciting. Get it, and breathe again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    A Breakthrough Approach to Social Change: It works!

    Society¿s Breakthrough Jim Rough¿s new book, Society¿s Breakthrough! is a challenging yet thoroughly hopeful look at old and often intransigent problems. Rough offers us new ways to explore those problems. He shows us how to transcend them in favor of what truly matters to us and to our society. Most important, Rough offers an inspiring and hopeful vision of a future we can have a hand in creating ourselves. His vision of a society in which "We the People" truly govern ourselves and the institutions, organizations, and communities we create is nothing short of uplifting. And I think it¿s workable! Through innovations such as "choice creating," "dynamic facilitation," "wisdom councils," and a simple, yet far-reaching amendment to the constitution that he calls the "Citizens Amendment," Rough asserts that We the People can reassert control over a system that has gone astray. Society¿s Breakthrough describes how such changes would enable us to "come together and seek what is best for all, rather than automatically relying on self-interested competition." Whether Rough is right in regard to all the details of how the changes would come about, not, his vision of "a living conversation" as the basis for society-making and policy creating is brilliant. It permeates the book. It lifts you above the details, inspiring you to imagine a societal system that is "more collaborative than competitive, more thoughtful than argumentative," and that would allow us to "exercise our creativity in the service of all. Perhaps more important, though, than the vision is that Rough outlines a method that makes such a living conversation possible at any level of society. I started the book as a skeptic however Rough led me through his proposals and reasoning with clarity, power, and convincing examples. I recommend this book to anyone interested in change in government, organizations, and business. And to anyone interested in becoming a more thoughtful and empowered citizen.

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