I was a clarification of my politics and of my vision, and that does contribute towards real choice.
In essence, I found that the route to positive change in society that I advocate is through
- personal growth and development in consciousness, conceived in similar terms to Robert Kegan's "In Over Our Heads"
- personal growth happening alongside professional and occupational growth in the workplace
- the workplace being constituted as a place in which people grow and develop as human beings, finding achievement, satisfaction and fulfilment in "good work"
- therefore, ethical development happening in the workplace
- change in society and the world also coming about through the positive effects of change in the workplace
- people taking their deepened moral faculties into their lives outside work, resulting in civic engagement, volunteering, family life, and all kinds of movements for positive change in the world.
- constructive periodic review and appraisal to articulate the aims and goals of the individual along with the organisation
- positive argumentation and debate about the value of the individual's contribution to the organisation
- the use of portfolio-style practices, very much in ways mapped out by Darren Cambridge in his excellent book "e-Portfolios for Lifelong Learning and Assessment", but specifically in the workplace, to play that role in both presenting and debating the value of the individual's contribution
- transparency in the workplace, as happens in Ricardo Semler's Semco businesses
- having every individual's work followed closely by a very small number (say 2 to 4) work colleagues who have the role of "critical companions" (I mean a workplace equivalent of "critical friends"), thus providing continual steer between the episodes of periodic review and appraisal.