Measurement for Goals
In strategic planning you need a perspective of where you are
going, an understanding of the focus or strategic drivers of what is occurring,
goals you would hope to see achieved, and measurement criteria to help you
judge where you stand. On corporate action plans these are simple, but society
cannot be easily led or driven, it evolves, so such measurements are just
yardsticks of comparison. Some historians and cultural analysts use the
positions and rights of women in various societies as a gauge for comparison.
Here, I have used these characteristics of societies that are important focus
points but tell a great deal. Our perspective is conscience or good character.
Our general forces are economics, politics, and media / culture (using
information technology as an enhancer of each). Our goals are enlightenment,
cultural values, and personal dignity which are all interrelated. Our
measurement criteria are also related, but fit to each arena of power.
Ethics of the society is a very good judge of the
economic system. Is it true free market or is it corrupt? Free markets work
through competition and if there is limited competition (corruption) then it
shows their level of effectiveness. That is not to say emerging economics with
corruption will not be successful in growing GNP as they convert labor more
productively, only that the level of sophistication a society ultimately can
reach by the development of its capital markets is affected. Non-profit
organizations that keep government smaller only thrive in ethical climates so
size of government is a factor. This is really a judgment of how the people
look at themselves and their individual value on a collective basis.
Discipline in Society is a very good judge of the
political system through personal dignity and courtesy. How laws are enforced,
the strength of the power of law over man, tell a lot about the society.
Personal rights are a legal judgment; the dignity of man is a far more
inclusive concept than rights alone. It conveys respect, courtesy, true concern
of justice and the Golden Rule. The concept of the enforcement mechanism
reflects the culture, but it mainly reflects how the political system views its
relationship with the people.
Culture of Service is perhaps the best judge of the
cultural aspects of a society. Does it have a very strong and developing
non-profit structure where the people join together to solve problems or is
there total reliance on government? This is a judgment of how people look at
each other and their joint relationship. If you have a strong, non-profit
system as in the West, or in some ways a strong family network system as is on
occasion the strength of the East, you have systems where the people's focus is
on others and not just themselves.
In separate sections of the website these criteria are
individually discussed not from the judgment of perspective as much as how they
can be enhanced, which is a bottom-up approach to improvement in society.