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The Changing Nature of Diligence
“This issue deals with strategic change in the face of an increasingly hostile, and expectant, environment. The new measure of good governance and risk management is now “Outcomes”. Our Regulatory Outlook column explains this new phenomenon now impacting the UK banking sector, but which is also, subtly taking a seat at the table in governance debates in political and commercial circles everywhere."
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The story of putting food on the table
“It all sounds very nice; but at the end of the day it is all about putting food on the table.” The gentleman next to me had just put me in my place – or had he merely challenged me? A recently retired entrepreneur, he did not think very highly of my high-and-mighty views on the benefits of the systematic approach to decision-making I call governance – and as for my views on the need for corporate leaders to understand and define the essential mission of their enterprise, as well as the risk parameters and values by which decisions might be benchmarked ... Well, I hardly dare guess what he thought of that.
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From the introduction:
For this first issue of NGB we have invited some early adopters of the digital revolution. Manfred Wolff Plottegg was already experimenting with genetic algorithms to criticise modernist function division and replace that common ideology by bottom-up hybridisation of architectural design as from the early eighties of last century. We exhibited Das Binäre Haus project in the exhibition Synthetic Dimension [De Zonnehof Amersfoort, 1991]. I met Portuguese visual artist Leonel Moura in 1994, where Berry Koedam of the RAM Gallery in Rotterdam invited him to join our Sculpture City 3d milling workshop [RAM Gallery, Rotterdam, 1994]. From then on he became deeply interested in digital technologies and its linguistic implications, and is now famous for his robotic art paintings.
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From the introduction:
'Complexity, Governance & Networks has deep intellectual and organizational roots. Network studies have a long history in the social sciences; their roots can be traced back to the 1930s. The concept of governance gained popularity more recently, but governance theorists and researchers have already made significant impacts on our understanding of policy and administration processes. Complexity sciences have influenced thinking in the natural sciences and mathematics for at least since the 1970s and they were recognized bypublic policy and administration scholars as early as the 1990s. The authors of the papers published in this issue discuss the intellectual foundations that were laid down in these areas by many scholars. Some of those scholars are the contributors to this issue of the journal. The organizational roots of this journal can be found in the works of a group of scholars who organized panels on “chaos and complexity” at the Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net) conferences in the mid-1990s. As the interest in these panels began to wane at the PAT-Net conferences, it re-surfaced in other venues. An international workshop on complexity and policy analysis was organized by some of the initial members of the PAT-Net complexity/chaos group in Cork, Ireland, in 2005. Meanwhile a few members of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) organized complexity panels at the annual conferences of this association and initiated a section on complexity studies (SCNS). ASPA officially recognized the section in 2008.
These developments in the United States coincided with the establishment of the research group Governance of Complex Systems (GoCS) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2006. This research group includes scholars who are well-known for their contributions to governance and network studies and complexity sciences. The annual conference of ASPA in March 2009 offered an opportunity for some of the members of the ASPA SNCS group and the GoCS group to meet and discuss possibilities of jointly organizing conferences and starting a journal. The first two of these jointly organized conferences were held in Rotterdam (COMPACT I, 2011) and Los Angeles (COMPACT II, 2013). A third conference will take place in Dublin, next year. The long journey of the scholars who organized panels and conferences at both sides of the Atlantic and published numerous articles and books since the 1990s has culminated in the publication of Complexity, Governance & Networks. We intend to make Complexity, Governance & Networks the primary reference for future researchers in these areas. ...'
ON TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST
'This issue covers a number of topics ranging from governance of corporate culture to how the social environment we create influences the moral judgement of our employees; on renewed efforts to regain credibility through collective action – dare we say self-regulation? – and much, much more. ...'
NEW OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL:
Published in co-operation with ACSESS, The alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies in the USA and with RUAF. The RUAF Foundation is a global network with member organisations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe together constituting a leading centre of expertise in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies.
Aims and Scope
Sitopolis - Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access journal focussing on urban and peri-urban agriculture and systems of urban and regional food provisioning in developing, transition and advanced economies. The journal intends to be a platform for cutting edge research on urban and peri-urban agricultural production for food and non-food (e.g. flowers, medicine, cosmetics) uses and for social, environmental and health services (e.g. tourism, water storage, care, education, waste recycling, urban greening). Read more
'On a bleak day, one might be excused for shaking one’s head at the symptoms of poor decision-making observed within society. The spotlight in the financial media is currently on General Motors and their apparent 10- year delay in confronting an operational error that has cost lives, and put many more at risk. We might ask ourselves how it is possible that intelligent individuals, seemingly normal and representative of our society, can rationalise a conclusion to ignore the facts, or not to escalate an issue of importance at work, and then go home to berate others, such as politicians, on their lack of integrity and more. ...'
Table of Contents:
Building Blocks for Users’ Participation in Water Governance: Irrigators’ Organizations and State Reforms in Ecuador, Jaime Hoogesteger
Variation in the Perspective on Sharing Water: Irrigators, their Communities and the Wider Society, Henning Bjornlund, Xinzheng Zhao, Wei Xu
Working Knowledge for Collaborative Water Planning in Australia’s Wet Tropics Region, Cathy J. Robinson, Bruce Taylor, Karen Vella, Tabatha Wallington
Political Legitimacy and Collaborative Water Governance: An Exploratory Case Study, Julia Baird, Jonas Velaniškis, Ryan Plummer, John Fitzgibbon
Multi-tiered Governance of the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin: The Fragmented Water Resources Management Model of the United States and Mexico, Luzma Fabiola Nava, Samuel Sandoval Solis
The Flood Risk Management Plan: An Essential Step Towards the Institutionalization of a Paradigm Shift, Thomas Hartmann and Robert Juepner
Clumsy Floodplans. Responsive Land Policy for Extreme Floods, by Thomas Hartmann. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 170, hardcover, 2011. ISBN 978-1-409-41845-0
Governing International Watercourses. River Basin Organizations and the Sustainable Governance of Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes. By Susanne Schmeier, London: Routledge, pp 344, hardcover, 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-62358-2