RE: Reluctance to act?

Brown & Dempsey (
Fri, 1 May 1998 09:49:52 -0700

Everyone in the equity business is a stakeholder. Each
stakeholder has marked (staked) out a speciality. If
everyone has all of the information they will no longer
be specialists. When the industrial revolution was in
full force we were taught that specialization was the
hallmark of success. Before that we were generalists and
most folks did many jobs well so they could survive.
Now we are facing the information age and once again we
will be expected to have a broader base of applicable
skills. As we become more broadly competent we will
erode the stranglehold that the specialists have on the
centralization of knowledge. Your question is parallel
to the one about why, when the corporation is downsized,
folks don't just use the knowledge they have to lateral
into another position within the structure. The answer
is that we told them they didn't have to know that
because we would take care of them. Now gender equity is
in the hands of the specialists. Actually almost all of
the information is available to the competent researcher
with the motivation. We just don't want to tell "them"
where to find it. (see Alvin Toffler, John Naisbitt and
even John Locke)
Herb Dempsey

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of
Linda Purrington
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 1998 9:41 AM
Subject: Reluctance to act?

I keep being puzzled by the calls to research. Does
this mask a
reluctance to act? For example, what stops us now from
putting current
research and the text and significance of Title IX into
the hands of
each student and family? Wouldn't that in itself
produce the
from-the-ground-up changes we're looking for? Why is
that move so
blocked? Why are even national women's organizations so
adamant on the
local level that Title IX information per se is to be
suppressed? Any

Linda Purrington,

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