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 our
nation-state rivalries (which she acknowledges do still exist)
and focus more attention on the “web”: the place where
states and people must develop their own 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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