Monday, January 19, 2004

Communication of the issues

I think Aidan makes a very sound point in his last post:

It is essential to find a language which makes sense to the prospective audience. If we can't do that, we won't even get "bums on seats". In my experience, every professional discipline trains people to use different terminology, and they don't even realise they are all talking about the same thing, because they do not realise that there are underlying natural laws, such as those of control theory, which work anywhere where there is a need to communicate and control.

This may require us to "translate" the material for different audiences.

However, as Stafford Beer pointed out so cogently, the language of threats & promises works everywhere, whether you need to train a dog, or talk to managers :-) Fear of punishment and promise of reward grabs attention anywhere!

I feel a need to educate myself, and am girding my loins for the effort to read SEC 404. As part of the background for this, I found an excellent set of articles on the global economy, with a particular focus on the shenanigans of central bankers. The articles are by Henry C K Liu, who lives in the USA, but writes from an Asian perspective. If you are interested, check out:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/others/henry.html

Although this doesn't sound precisely relevant, I found these articles excellent as providing an explanation of the context within which the rash of scandals which triggered the current round of SEC regulation took place.