Could new paradigms revitalise your community making it a better place to live and work?
Without new paradigms, the status quo remains
Instead of religiously clinging to old ways from the distant past that are no longer working, your community should look toward the future and envision what a positive fresh outlook could look like.
It is essential to understand that from the business perspective there is a new “status quo.” that is further consolidating how businesses will be operating in the future. We believe a new approach, new paradigms are critical to small community survival
In particular, attention needs to be paid to the younger generation, and the creations of new businesses and jobs.
As a result of a new paradigm, the accepted ways of developing a community and its businesses can become obsolete, or irrelevant.
Old community development paradigms
- No strategic planning.
- Complex approaches to what needs to be done.
- Poor tools and systems and tools.
- Fragmented and poor local information and
- Scrappy thoughts about the future.
- Confusion over who is responsible.
- Don’t know how to engage the people in the community.
- The government will fix it.
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction”. John F. Kennedy
New community development paradigm
- Thought leadership.
- Economic gardening.
- Entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Teams or Groups? Simple.
- Sophisticated systems and t
- Virtual information
- Total community
- Do it ourselves.
- Do it now.
- Action orientated communities.
- Don’t wait for the Government.
Something to think about when looking at a new paradigm
When you are looking for a new paradigm I find it often pays to look at quite unrelated situations that exist and relate my findings to finding better outcomes. Here is an example of some creative and innovative thinking to help find a new paradigm:
Put the pensioners in jail and criminals in nursing homes.
This way the pensioners would:
- Have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
- They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. They’d receive money instead of paying it out.
- They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.
- Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
- A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
- They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
- They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
- Simple clothing, shoes, slippers and pyjamas.
- Legal aid would be free, on request.
- Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
- Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
- There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.
The criminals, on the other hand, would get:
- Cold food.
- Be left all alone and unsupervised.
- Lights off at 8 pm.
- Showers once a week.
- Live in a tiny room and pay $600.00 per week.
- Have no hope of ever getting out.
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It is my belief that there is always a way to unleash the powerful benefits of new paradigms in small communities. Understanding globalisation and information technology is always a good place to start.
I have often seen a potentially good paradigm fizzle out because the critical step in creating beneficial new paradigms into a community was neglected. You must ensure that you engage the people involved and in a language they understand.
Care needs to be taken in communicating your new paradigm ideas otherwise you will probably not get sufficient traction to achieve the desired outcomes. Too many people are set in their old ways and will take well thought out arguments if they are to change.
Life in small regional, rural and remote communities might not be fair, but it is still great.