Why We Need a Recession to Move to a Social Society

In the Netherlands there is a discussion going on about a possible shortage of working power. In the near future there will be an abundance of old people (the baby-boomers) and a shortage of young people. The strange thing is that there are really enough people available to do what is needed but they are not qualified to do the job. Everybody has to work. Parents with young children need external help to take care of their children. To make this possible the government is giving parents a tax benefit. To get this benefit the parents have to use an … Continue reading Why We Need a Recession to Move to a Social Society

About Subsidies

Around 1993 I became responsible for Subsidy Management at ABN AMRO. The whole thing started when the bank contracted a specialized company called PNO. I was asked to coordinate their activities in the Bank. First you have to write a proposal (estimate time (including advisor). When you get a subsidy you have to spend time reporting (estimate time). The sum of both multiplied by the price per hour result in the costs. Multiply the sum of subsidy by the chance you get the subsidy. A simple way to do that is to estimate the amount of contenders. This gives you … Continue reading About Subsidies

Why Politicians are Afraid to Play the Game of Politics

Will McWhinney defined six games. In the previous blogs I told you about the Game of Life and the Analytical Game. In this blog I want to tell you about a very special game called the Game of Politics. The game of Politics is a conflict between the worldviews Unity and Social. Unity is the world of Norms and Social is the world of Values. Many people consider the Game of Politics a “dirty” game. They don’t like politics at all. It is a dirty game because many people that call themselves politicians are formulating and enforces rules (by the … Continue reading Why Politicians are Afraid to Play the Game of Politics

About Life Stories

When you want to build a Story-Based-Game the best way to interview is to ask people about their Life-story. Let us first have a look at the The Foley Center.  The Foley Center of Northwestern University is specialized in Life Stories. Dan P. McAdams of the Foley Center uses Agency and Communion as the major “modalities in the existence of living forms“. These two modalities may be viewed as two thematic clusterings in life narratives, each articulating important life goals, strivings, needs, and desires”.  When I read the articles of McAdams it was not difficult to see that he was … Continue reading About Life Stories

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About Paths of Change by Will McWhinney

“Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I’m on the pollen path.” About ten years ago I met Will McWhinney. Will became the most influential person in my whole life. He died this year. Will wrote just one book called Paths of Change. Paths of Change is based on the ancient Navajo Pollen Path. Will was an expert in the myths and culture of the Ancient Tribes that lived in the Four Corners-area of New Mexico.  Every year he organized a seminar in the Ghost Range for his ex-PHD-students. … Continue reading About Paths of Change by Will McWhinney