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August 25, 2003

Redesigning Society by Russell Ackoff and Sheldon Rovin

From the SoL (Society for Organizational Learning) website:

Redesigning Society by Russell Ackoff and Sheldon Rovin
available now from Stanford University Press.

This new book from two gifted systems thinkers, takes a no holds barred approach to radically transforming the way we think about societal infrastructures. "Health care, education, welfare, law - the perceived success or failure of these social institutions is constantly being debated in the public arena. In this book, Ackoff and Rovin join the discussion, using systems theory to develop new approaches to governance, the structure and function of our cities, and civic leadership in general. Each chapter tackles a different, important, and timely issue. The authors develop and present specific solutions, with the intention of starting a national dialogue about the structure and organization of American society. Their redesign, radical in its scope and ambition, draws upon existing technology and social constructs, but provides innovative ways to apply them. As the authors contend, ìit is only through creative thought and innovation that our society will be transformed into one that provides a more equitable distribution of wealth, quality of life, and opportunities for development."

Posted by ACASA on August 25, 2003 at 11:18 PM in Books | Permalink


I would like to contact to Russell Ackoff. Could someone help me please? I need his e-mail address.
Thank you
My e-mail is [email protected]

Posted by: Daniel at Jan 25, 2009 1:04:47 AM

I would like to contact to Russell Ackoff. Could someone help me please? I need his e-mail address.
Thank you
My e-mail is [email protected]

Posted by: Daniel at Jan 25, 2009 12:53:19 AM

My name is Prof. Igor Ushakov. I am a long time friend of Russel Ackoff. Would you please inform me about his phone number and e-mail address? I have some news about publishing his book (co-authored by Emery) in Russia.
Thank you in advance.

Posted by: igor ushakov at Dec 30, 2007 6:05:48 PM

Can someone help me with sheldon rovin's email address?

Posted by: Yusof Amba at May 16, 2005 3:16:47 AM

dear russell

thank you for pointing out my mis take

nick consoletti

Posted by: nick consoletti at Nov 9, 2004 12:32:54 AM

I'm sorry, but you completely missed the point on begging. We said begging is a societal deficiency - no one should have to do it. Society should be responsible for seeing that it is never necessary.

Posted by: Russell L. Ackoff at Mar 5, 2004 11:36:37 AM

greetings my post a few months back i had the spelling

wrong on the Monk from Tbet, who used to beg in order to

keep meditating; it is spelt, as below.

on another note, i keep going back in my thinking on the

statement that buckminster fuller made once, about those

corporate buildings throug out the world, which are

vacant for several hours every day,and that they

conceivably could be of use to those, who so desired to

do so

Biography of the Great Yogi Milarepa By: Tsang ...


Posted by: nick consoletti at Feb 5, 2004 1:04:34 PM


i am not clear on the statement

made by the authors i assume, in the

section where it is stated that begging would not


allowed... they go on to suggest that

it is a principle regarding those who will not

contribute to society, and who will

not comply to their suggested options

does this mean they will be punished

for begging? i realize this is an

idealized design, and that by the

time one gets there, there will be new emergencies

the aforementioned statements on their

prohibition on begging grabs me of autoritarion


what would milepra the great tibetian wise person


Posted by: nick consoletti at Oct 30, 2003 3:02:52 PM

You are not missing something. The _publisher_ missed something! The back cover should have said "Re-Creating" not "Redesigning". You get the "Typo of the Month Award". Congratulations!

As you already know, "Re-Creating the Corporation" was published in 1999. I'm happy you are so well versed in Dr. Ackoff's writings.

Posted by: Steve Brant at Sep 18, 2003 10:19:55 PM

I am reading the new book by Ackoff and Rovin and am enjoying it immensely, drafting "letters to the Editor" as I proceed through the chapters. But I have a question about the book jacket, specifically the reference inside the back cover to "Redesigning the Corporation." The relatively recent book sitting on my desk is called "Re-Creating the Corporation." Am I missing something?

Posted by: Steven Byers at Sep 18, 2003 5:04:06 PM

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