BLOGGING FOR RESILIENCESean Meade
, Dr. Barnett's
webmaster, proofreader and troubleshooter, helpfully alerted me today to Enterprise Resilience Management Blog
, the blog of Enterra Solutions
founder and chief scientist, Stephen F. DeAngelis
. Steve had previously had some kind words for my post on "Consilience
" and had linked to Zenpundit in early March
- which I didn't catch at the time, unfortunately, as March proved to be only slightly less unnerving for me than it once was for Julius Caesar.
Steve is a theorist as well as an entrepreneur of "Resilience
", a concept with widespread application in network theory, organizational leadership, psychology and economics to name just a few fields. I consider it to be one of the new "meta-principles
" of the world being created by globalization, most of which are rooted in evolution and complexity theory
( some of the others are networks
, nonzero sum logic
) thus ERMB will be a good addition to your blogroll if you appreciate systemic thinking.
A sample of Steve's prose from his article "Development in a Box
" at TechCentral Station
:"The platforms for globalization -- operating within and between modern states – increasingly are private-sector institutions. The modern, globalized state could not function without critical infrastructure industries, such as financial services, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, and food supply -- all of which meet public needs, but are held in private hands. Essential talent and assets reside within those entities. And the private sector is the primary engine of innovation.
To participate in and reap the benefits of globalization, post-conflict and failing states need to build such platforms for themselves. It is the private sector – not a government bureaucracy – that knows how to create and manage them. Examples abound -- from financial markets, to global supply chains, to the Hurricane Katrina response of FedEx and Wal-Mart.
....Network architectures and standards-based programming languages now make it possible to capture business best practices and encode them as automated rules that respond to complex, changing circumstances. Rules can be made contingent on a variety of conditions, which means that automated processes are equal to the challenges of real-world business -- or of a post-conflict region.
In this new convergence of people, processes and technology, there is the heart of an entirely new opportunity for post-conflict reconstruction. To realize the potential, it's necessary to create a flexible framework -- one that brings together private- and public-sector capabilities for the post-conflict task. Tom Barnett, author of The Pentagon's New Map and I have been at work on such a framework, which we call "Development in a Box."
Whar follows in the article by DeAngelis
is Enterra's project for building what I would call "State Resilience
" - a critical strategic goal the U.S. has yet to master a method for accomplishing
ERMB is going to be a regular read for me.