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  1. Paul Barnett
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    I think “Othering” sounds much like what others call “tribalism” and is very much linked to identity (Francis Fukuyama’s book with this title is good), Sense of Self-Worth (i.e. Dignity – title of the first chapter of Fukuyama’s book and the focus on the work by Dr Donna Hicks of Harvard). Donna’s work also explains the link with conflict and conflict resolution which is her area of expertise. Perceived attacks on d dignity being common to all conflicts she tried to help resolve. Another factor in all this is Power, a very much misunderstood concept. On this I like Mary Parker Follett’s thinking on ‘power-with’, rather than ‘power-over’, ‘constructive conflict’ and ‘integrative thinking.’ Interesting she was absolutely opposed to compromise (akin to kicking the can down the road to be dealt with again when there are any power shifts). I also like the distinction made in international relations circles between “Protean Power” and “Control Power”. I am currently working on a paper on this. For the moment it is safe to say we tend to nearly always use the latter and it is increasingly ineffective in the world we now live in. The Enlightened Enterprise approach I am developing embraces all these concepts and will relate the ideas to Enlightened Governance, Management and Leadership based on further research-led thinking by a team I am pulling together. About this I am happy to share more details when they are available.

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  2. Nick Allen
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    Thought provoking – I enjoyed the connection between ‘Others’ and a selection of organising principles – like the Mafia and IRA. Seems to me we need to look deeper at these organising principles because they vary from power and control through fear, a higher purpose or just monetary greed. How does this now relate to Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg Fridays movement, Green Party, Localism etc. The old style MBA perpetuates classic economics – what are the new style social disruptors promoting?

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  3. Ade McCormack
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    Thank you Nick and Paul for your considered comments. Apologies for my delayed response. I am busy getting a community platform up and running and hope to have a wider discussion on this and other topics. I will keep you posted on this and we can pick up the thread from there.

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