27th June 2003 - Ackoff’s Fables

During the week I read "Ackoff’s Fables" by Russell L. Ackoff. In this collection of mostly first hand experiences Ackoff delivers a number of very straight points which encourage respect for others and their culture, but far and foremost respect for individual thinking.

Ackoff describes how systems can pacify creativity through rules, but on the other hand how creativity can pacify the system. Additionally, he warns that the current schooling of individuals is significantly characterized by monotony and conformity which both tend to deprive individuals of initiative, motivation and creativity, all of which plenty are needed in modern society.

In general a recommendable book with very joyful reading; Ackoff seems to be quite the agent provocateur for systems and authorities, yet with the heart and mind in the right place –much like my friend Pat Robinson who recommended this book ;-)

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