compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
IF Hillary Clinton had been elected the US president last year,
Anne-Marie Slaughter would probably be holding a key
government post right now. But Slaughter, who worked in
the State Department during Clinton’s tenure there and is
now the president of New America, instead faces life as a
foreign policy observer and thinker during a time when the
president doesn’t seem like someone much given to observing
or thinking. Slaughter’s writing extends to other areas as well;
she is perhaps best known for her Atlantic cover story...
“Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”
Slaughter’s new book is called The Chessboard and the Web:
Strategies of Connection in a Networked World. In it, she calls
on leaders to look beyond the “chessboard” of nation-state
rivalries (which she acknowledges do still exist) and focus more
attention on the “web”: the place where states and people
must develop networks of communication and community,
to prevent everything from terrorism to global warming.
THE ANSWER according to Angela Ahrendt's concept of
Anne-Marie Slaughter goes on to say in her interview with
Isaac Chotiner ... "I have been writing about networks since
1994, and have been struck for a long time by the absence
of tools that really allow us to use networks strategically,
and that was something I saw firsthand in government.
So when I came out of government I returned to the subject.
What we normally do when we are confronted with a network
problem is we think, 'Oh WE need to bring people together.'
So counterterrorism officials, or entrepreneurs, or members
of a religious community have a meeting or a summit. BUT
what WE don’t DO is keep people connected and keep them
connected in a particular way with a particular architecture.
There is a lot of theory out there about how you design a
network to achieve a specific purpose. The military has done
this, and I write about how Gen. [Stanley] McChrystal, the
head of Special Forces Command in Iraq, who figured out how
to create a counter-network to al-Qaida in Iraq; and in so
doing established the concept of a T.E.A.M. of teams. That
means connecting everybody so everyone in every small
group had at least one connection to someone in another
small group. And that network came together as a massive
network, what I would call a star network with one center for
communications purposes. But then it became what you would
call a pod network, with different teams of people who are
quite independent for operations. He essentially mirrored the
structure of the al-Qaida in Iraq network & you don’t just change
the structure but how you operate and how you manage."
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