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December 14, 2009


These days I am only involved in virtual crisis management. Just as well, I shudder to think of all those underemployed social scientists grinding out report after report using hot keys for the word "comprehensiveness" and names involving specialized fonts if this Finnish defense meme spreads (pdf file).

Comprehensiveness is about mindsets. This book presents one possible way to initiate dialogue, compare mindsets and perhaps move towards a Finnish approach. On the other hand, it should be noted that to achieve one single language to cover the whole domain of crisis management may not be feasible – or even preferable, since it would take us eternity to define such a language. What is required is to identify some acceptable common ground for working together. Comprehensiveness is not a goal in itself, but can serve as a powerful means to a prioritised end.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 14, 2009 06:47 AM