The techniques used to create, support and enliven humane societies have become useless. Citizens are blocked from being informed about their communities and nations. Minorities have less influence than their numbers would suggest. Structures for developing effective leadership have failed. The public's consciousness is suppressed. Communities, regions and nations are not comprehensively and effectively related to each other. Individuals lack ways of seeing their own destiny connected to society's.
In many third world communities, individuals are sufficiently concerned to participate in planning their village's future, yet they lack specific social methods to go about the task. In every aspect of village life there lies a deep desire to participate but a lack of practical know-how to release that willingness to action. This contradiction particularly emerges in relation to the training available in villages: the educational process is limited to the primary school, where emphasis is solely upon a basic academic foundation; general education beyond this standard is limited to a very few; moreover, the inflated level of incidental school costs restricts the number of students even in the primary school; technical job training is not immediately possible for most aspirants seeking admission. Yet the contradiction goes far beyond the arena of formal schooling. In business, health, agriculture, family care, public services and social welfare, men and women, young and old, all suffer from under-development of their skills. Failure to fulfil of this need perpetuates a random and individualistic approach to community development and fosters the image that nothing can happen.