The 21st Century Revolution: A Call to Greatness

The 21st Century Revolution: A Call to Greatness

by Bruce Nixon

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ISBN-13: 9781911079040
Publisher: Bruce Nixon
Publication date: 10/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
File size: 357 KB

About the Author

After gaining a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, I emigrated to USA and worked in a department store in Los Angeles. After nine months I decided I am essentially European and returned to the UK. I worked in human resources management in Alcan Jamaica for nearly six years. Working in Jamaica was a transformative experience: I became firmly anti-racist. Jamaicans are uniquely talented. Jamaican slaves were particularly rebellious and the British gave the Maroons what amounted to independence in the centre of the island. I handed over my job to a very able young Black Jamaican who ultimately became Chief Executive and Chairman of Alcan Jamaica. We became lifelong friends. Returning to the UK, I had the opportunity to work in the City and develop my interest in organisational change and leadership development. My boss excelled in this work. Working in a traditional organisation, I learned a how to facilitate change from within: by building relationships and working with people who want change, yet respecting people who represented the wisdom of the organisation as well. These were important lessons. I wrote many articles about what I learned and published the first of altogether six books. I have always been interested in innovation, change, progressive ideas and justice. I learned by working with the best practitioners I could find, attending their workshops, reading their books and inviting them to come in and work with us. Many of the best books and much of the best practice is American. So I adapted it for use with UK directors and managers. In 1987 l set up an independent management consultancy, helping leaders create better workplaces, facilitating participative change, culture change, teamwork and helping women and men work together more effectively. With colleagues I offered a development programme for consultants. I also taught at business schools. By 2007 I realised that my main interest was in global issues. I gave up working in the corporate world. What I had learned in the City stood me in good stead for my new work. I wanted to help create a fair, sustainable and non-violent world. I have published six books and many articles and blog posts. I give talks in schools, colleges, universities, communities and at conferences. My focus now is on transforming our outdated democracy and bringing it into the 21st Century. See my book The 21st Century Revolution: A Call to Greatness: http://www.brucenixon.com/21stCenturyRevolution.html and updated by my Blog: https://brucenixonblog.wordpress.com/ . I love writing I published my first book and my first article in 1980, both about the work I was doing in the City. I used writing to reflect on what I was doing and share what I learned with others - what worked, what I learned and what I would do differently. And I now realise that what worked in corporations, the kind of leadership and the kind of processes, such as consensus building and empowering people, is equally relevant if not vital in 21st Century politics - see Re-imagining Politics https://brucenixonblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/re-imagining-politics/ and Progressive leadership for the 21st century https://brucenixonblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/progressive-leadership-for-the-21st-century/ and Collaborating for change- we need a revolution in how we do politics https://brucenixonblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/collaborating-for-change-we-need-a-revolution-in-how-we-do-politics/ . I am now writing my reminiscences. I have travelled widely. I took part in a study tour in Cuba on organic cultivation and their political system, a course on Ghandi and Globalisation at Vandana Shiva's organic farm at a conference centre in India. I have a large family including Americans and Chinese: five children and six grandchildren. Born and bred in West Kirby on the Wirral, and educated at Birkenhead School, I am proud of my Merseyside roots.

Table of Contents

The 21st Century Revolution - A Call to Greatness

Contents

Introduction

Part One – Challenges and opportunities – the current system is a rip-off


  1. I listen to a lot of people in all walks of life
  2. The multiple challenges we face
  3. The environmental challenge we’re sleepwalking to disaster
  4. A fatally flawed mind-set
  5. Neoliberalism exposed


Part Two – Bringing about the revolution – it’s already happening; we just need to give it a very strong push.



  1. Environmental solutions - before it’s too late
  2. An economy that works for all
  3. Resolving conflict without violence
  4. Transforming democracy - a great power shift from politicians to people
  5. Conclusion – daring to be great


Resources

Appendix on systems thinking

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