His main objective is to find individual, group and collective best practices that will help prevent, solve or manage the various social tensions, frictions and conflicts that naturally arise because we are social beings. These practices must optimize the use of societal resources while creating or maintaining an environment where we are free to develop as we wish and where, when appropriate, we restrain our actions to allow for the liberty of others. Overall these practices must reduce the societal cost and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
Societies Are Organizations
Based on an innovative theory that explains how societies naturally arise, Mr. Pageau was able to identify that societies are in fact a form of social organization.
Societies’ Underlying Goal
From this insight, Mr. Pageau was able to uncover that all societies have the same underlying goal: reduce the various social tensions, frictions and conflicts that naturally arise as citizens because we are social beings. In particular, tensions, friction and social conflict arise when citizens try to meet their individual, social and collective needs.
Mr. Pageau was also able to discover that we individually, in groups or collectively manage four types of resources: natural, human, abstract and transformed. These societal resources are managed by citizens, either individually, in groups or collectively, through our governments.
The most important societal resources are the abstract resources. As these include knowledge and beliefs as well as goals and objectives, they are therefore central to our decision-making process and guide our actions.
Citizens; Societies’ Change Agents
Of these four resources, the only active societal change agents are the human beings. Thus the only social change agents in any society are citizens as they use individually, in groups or collectively the various available societal resources to meet their individual, social and collective needs.
Citizens, Citizenship and Competences
Organizations always belong to someone. In the case of societies, these can only belong to all the citizens who live within their territories. Citizens must thus be seen as the co-owners and the co-managers of the societies they live in. However, to be able to co-own and co-manage their societies, citizens must acquire some knowledge and some skills. From this insight Mr. Pageau has identified three types of competence citizens should possess to effectively play their role in their society: personal, towards themselves, social, towards others and societal, towards the collectivity. Hence citizenship can be seen as a form of profession and citizens as professionals.
Societies’ Societal Dynamic
Mr. Pageau discovered that the individual, group or collective use of the societal resources to meet the individual, social and collective needs of citizens have an impact on both the quantity, the quality and the availability of the societal resources as well as an impact on the level of social tensions, frictions and conflicts. In turn, both of these impacts affect the individual, group and collective actions of citizens. The constant interactivity between actions and resources and between resources and actions creates a societal dynamic unique to each society. This societal dynamic influences the functioning and the development of all societies, which means it has an impact on the development and societal integration of citizens, the development and functioning of the collectivity, and the development and functioning of the government.
Cities and Countries Are Tools
The most basic social organization is a community, which as the number of citizens increases, evolves into proto-societies and then societies. Cities, countries and mid-level societal organizations like provinces, states, departments and others, are tools that citizens have developed to help them manage their collectivity as it grows in population.
Societies’ Prescriptive Nature
Societal dynamics can produce four types of societies: individualist, collectivist, discordant and balanced. Of the four societal states, the balanced society is the type of society that creates the best environment to facilitate the development and societal integration of citizens, the development and functioning of the collectivity, and the development and functioning of the government while optimizing the use of the societal resources as well as reducing the level of social tensions, frictions and conflicts that naturally arise as citizens try to meet their individual, social and collective needs. When a society creates such an environment, the level of social tensions, frictions and conflicts is at its minimum level.
The main discovery concerning societies is the fact that societies are organizations and since they are organizations they can be managed and studied. This led to the development of a management science created specifically to help citizens, including civic leaders, public servants and politicians, manage their societies.
By understanding the prescriptive nature of societies and the role citizens’ play, Mr. Pageau was able to learn which elements need to be changed and how to change them to improve the quality of a society. From this global understanding Mr. Pageau has developed a new management science which includes its own specialized lexicon as well as a universal development model. This model can be used to evaluate the past and the present of any society either as a global entity or any of its systemic dimensions including economic, social, religious and educational. This can be done by analyzing how the four societal resources present in every society are used and the impact it has on citizens. This model can also be used to plan for the future as it has predictive properties.
Societal Return on Investment
The prescriptive nature of society makes it possible to evaluate the impact that different individual, group and collective actions have on the quality, quantity and availability of societal resources. These in turn have an impact on the acions. The overall impact can be positive or negative. If the impact is positive, the share is considered to have a positive societal return on investment, whereas if the impact is negative the societal return on investment is negative.
Mr. Pageau has also developed the Citizen Footprint an approach to help citizens identify the impact their actions have on their society. This tool is useful whether you are a public administrator, a civic leader, a politician or a regular citizen.
An important outcome of societies’ prescriptive nature is the development of ethical standards for citizens that are religiously, philosophically and politically neutral. The ethical standards help citizens to make sure that their individual, group or collective actions or inactions are compatible with the development of a balance society. Although we are all citizens and we all have the same basic ethical guidelines, the standards vary depending on the various privileges citizens receive.
To help citizens increase their overall level of competency Mr. Pageau has developed a tool called the Citizen Quotient. This quotient helps citizens evaluate their personal, and social skills as well as their local, national and mid-level societal knowledge and skills.
Do you have needs for your community or your society? Would you like to improve the quality of life of your citizens? Optimize the use of societal resources? Assess the size of your government? Increase the competence of your citizens? Increase the engagement level of your fellow citizens? Can we help you in any way? Contact Denis Pageau at 1-844-568-6793.