The Reith Lectures 1970

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Change and Industrial Society by Dr Donald A. Schon followed by questions from an invited audience

1: The Loss of the Stable State One way of describing the era in which we live, says Dr Schon. is that it is characterised by a loss of the stable state: there is no organisation or institution that feels adequate to the challenges which face it. And. since persons get their own stability from the different social systems in which they have roles, the stable state for persons is being eroded too.

Dr Schon, philosopher by training, author of The Displacement of Concepts, is now President of a non-profit-making consultancy firm in Cambridge. Massachusetts, the Organisation for Social and Technical Innovation, and a member of the us Commission On the Year 2000.

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Unknown: Dr Donald A. Schon

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Change and Industrial Society by Dr Donald Schon followed by questions from an invited audience

4: How Innovation Spreads

Dr Schon argues that the ways by which new ideas are spread in a society are worth paying attention to: the systems of diffusion, he says. change over time - have an evolution, and this evolution is critical to how our society works.

Management of our society depends on our ability to spread things in it. enabling novelty to arise and then disperse throughout the rest of society. (This lecture, recorded at the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in London, will be published in The Listener dated 10 Dec. Next Sunday: Government as a Learning System)

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Unknown: Dr Donald Schon

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Change and Industrial Society by Dr Donald Schon followed by questions from an invited audience 5: Government as a Learning System

Government agencies come into being in response to specific national problems and crises. When these disappear or change in nature, the old organisational structure persists.

What happens when a new national problem emerges? How does government respond to the new problem? This is another way of asking how we, as a society or nation, learn to identify and solve our problems. How can government function as a learning system?

(This lecture, recorded at the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in London, will be published in The Listener dated 17 Dec. Next Sunday: What can. we know about social change?)

Contributors

Unknown: Dr Donald Schon

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Change and Industrial Society by Dr Donald Schon followed by questions from an Invited audience

6: What can we know about Social Changef

In the present situation, Dr Schon argues, we must be willing to regard every theory that we develop as a perspective that can shift at the same time as we are taking it as a basis for action; to use ourselves as informational instruments. be attentive to our own feelings as sources of data. In this attitude, he suggests, lies the germ of ah ethic for knowing.

(This the last of the 1970 Reith Lectures , recorded at the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in London, will be published in The Listener dated 24 December)

Contributors

Unknown: Dr Donald Schon

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