Values in Governance
Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman
Part III: Governance in Action
Introduction to Part Three The third part of this book is a collection of narratives providing both prin- ciples and practical examples of governance models at different levels and of different scales. Situated within a variety of contexts, these ‘stories’ all have as an explicit aim to enable the work of Love. They thus introduce to the reader some realistic and concrete passages into what might, perhaps, seem to be the impossible voyage described in the previous parts of the book. Four overlapping topics emerge from these narratives: The first is that the purpose of governance must be aligned with the noble aim of ‘flourishing of all’. This means that all decisions are to be informed by genuine care and compassion and to ensure the interests and well-being of all (people, communities and planet). The second is that governance and politics are intertwined and form a fundamentally human enterprise. To support the ‘flourishing of all’ agenda, as our contributors illustrate, requires an imaginative and innovative structure (social, political and institutional), which is the fruit of political endeavours at local, national, international and global levels. The third topic is that at the heart of governance lies ‘servant leadership’. This means the primary task of leaders is to serve, a conscious choice made with the deepest belief in altruism. Through such a serving mentality comes the authentic ‘power’ of leading, which is not reflected in the leader’s person- al gain, but rather in the growth and well-being of those being served. In...
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