Encouraging an individual to intentionalize his life-choices through self-conscious determination. The effect on the social process is the formation of bodies of people who are aware of society's priorities, their own potentialities, and subsequent obligations which they seek to fulfil through role choices, thus enabling every person to see his particular life-choice as related to the entire social process.
An integral part of honouring human creativity through internalizing the individual's self images of uniqueness and enabling him to contribute his wisdom to the corporate journey of mankind.
Tactics include: self-conscious covenant to articulate the covenant out of which any life decision will be made and carried out; role preparation to enable a person to investigate the various possibilities he has for social roles and to be trained for them; group context to provide the corporate structures which will keep a person's life decision from being turned inward; role embodiment to create the stories, rituals, and contexts which will enable each person to carry the many roles which his decision will require of him; and occupational determination to enable a person to create the context and make life decisions in the arena of his occupation.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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