Reflections on Integrity UPDATED + Integrity RECAP

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Updated 1 November 2012 to add core graphic: Graphic: Ethical Evidence-Based Decisions.  Updated 13 April 2012 to add new book: THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust.  Updated 8 March 2012 to add underlying philosophical reference: 2012-03-08 GOD MAN INTERVAL Reformatted & Linked.  Updated 6 December 2011 to add this seminal reference: Journal: Politics & Intelligence–Partners Only When Integrity is Central to Both.  Updated 3 October 2011 to add Steven Johnson and Werner Ekard contributions on integrity. Updated 1 October 2011 to add excuses from colleagues, and a riposte.

Robert David STEELE Vivas
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1.  Integrity is not just about honor–it is about wholeness of view, completeness of effort, and accuracy or reliability of all of the elements of the whole.

2.  Industrial-Era Systems do not adapt because they lack integrity and continue to pay for doing the wrong things righter–the Pentagon is a classic example of such as system.

3.  In the 21st Century, intelligence, design, and integrity are the triad that matters most.  The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is the non-negotiable starting position for getting it right, and this is crucially important with respect to the sustainability of the Earth as a home for humanity.

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4.  Integrity at the top requires clarity, diversity, and BALANCE–it makes no sense for a Secretary of Defense to continue to screw over the 4% that take 80% of the casualties, spending 80% of the Pentagon budget on the 20% that do not take casualties (occupants of really big expensive things that do not actually go into harm's way).

5.  Integrity can be compounded or discounted.  It is compounded when public understanding demands political accountability and flag officers ultimately understand that they have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, not support the chain of command.  It is discounted when flag officers are careerists, ascribe to rankism, and generally betray the public interest in favor of personal advancement.

6.  Integrity is ultimately a natural attribute of  large groups, and emerges from self-organizing over time.  The Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom is one example; the break-up of the Balkans another; the pending secession of Hawaii and Vermont from the United STATES of America a third.  Legitimate grievances give the aggrieved the moral high ground–this is a power no government can repress.

7.  Universal access to connectivity and content is a means of accelerating both public access to the truth, and the power of the public to off-set “rule by secrecy,” which inherently lacks integrity across the board.

EXCUSES most commonly heard:

1)  I work for the government, we serve the public, I consider myself part of the government, not part of the public, and indeed, choose not to vote or otherwise be active as a citizen.

2)  The public elects the politicians, they appoint the leadership, serving the chain of command is how one serves the public.


1)  Citizenship trumps occupational role.  Every employee is supposed to be a citizen first, a public servant second.  They swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution, that includes a responsibility to protect the public from predatory government actions – the recent assassination of a US citizen without due process is a reprehensible example of what happens with uniformed officers and civil servants become morally disengaged.

2)  Information asymmetries between the public and the government are such that a democracy demands whistle-blowers and open government.  Rule by secrecy is a form of tyranny, a means of avoiding accountability, and ultimately a clear and present danger to the Constitution, the Republic, and the public interest.  Because of their Oath, it can be said that government employees have a special responsibility to detect and confront fraud, waste, and abuse – and certainly to disobey and declare illegal orders and plans or programs inconsistent with the Constitution, such as wars not authorized by Congress, or assassinations not based on the rule of law.

In brief, all of our government employees have been “coping out” and failing to live up to their fullest potential as citizens and human beings.  To be silent and complacent is to be a slave, not a citizen.  Any employee of the government that fails to think about the Constitution and their role in defending the Constitution at every level on every day across every issue area, is failing to honor their Oath of office.

See Also:

2012 Manifesto for Truth: Expanding the Open Source Revolution (Evolver Editions, July 2012)

2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter for Counter-Terrorism Book Out of Denmark)

2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated

2010 INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Restrospective

2008 World Brain as EarthGame

2008: Creating a Smart Nation

2008 ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig

2008 COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

2006 THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest

About: EarthGame and World Brain

Connecting the Dots: ALL of Them

DefDog: The Importance of Selection Bias in Statistics

Dr. Russell Ackoff on IC and DoD + Design RECAP

Election 2008 Chapter: The Substance of Governance

Graphic: Medard Gabel’s Cost of Peace versus War

Graphic: Tom Atlee on Whole-System Intelligence

Integrity is Essential

Open Source Agency: Executive Access Point

Paul Fernhout: Comments on Integrity at Scale

Reference: Cyber-Intelligence–Restore the Republic Of, By, and For…

Reference: Earth Intelligence Network Concept for Execution

Reference: Integrity–Without it Nothing Works

Reference: Integrity–Without it Nothing Works II

Reference: Russell Ackoff on Doing Right Things Righter

Reference: Strategic Analytic Model for Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

Review: Designing A World That Works For All

Review: Ideas and Integrities–A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure

Review: Knowledge As Design

Review: Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World

Review: Rethink–A Business Manifesto for Cutting Costs and Boosting Innovation

Review: The Collapse of Complex Societies

Review: The Design of Business–Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage

Review: The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management–Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century

Robert Garigue: Feedback for Dynamic System Change

Search: design thinking and public administratio

Search: holistic cybernetic integral

Search: whole earth models

Seven Promises to America–Who Will Do This?

Steven Howard Johnson: Integrity as a Profit Multiplier

Stuart Umpleby: Papers on Reflexivity, Soros Reviews

USA: Thirteen Big Lies — Needed Counter-Narrative

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: John N. Warfield

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Robert David STEELE Vivas

Who’s Who in Earth Intelligence: Medard Gabel

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Steven Howard Johnson

Worth a Look: Medard Gabel, EarthGame and More

Worth a Look: Systems Community of Inquiry

Worth a Look: Systems Community of Inquiry

Worth A Look

The Systems Community of Inquiry is an open, worldwide network of individuals interested in systems thinking, the systems sciences and/or systems practice.

Inquiry is “an activity which produces knowledge” (Churchman, 1971).  We’re more than a community of interest, but less than a community of practice (Wenger, 1999).  Our interactions as a community will (i) foster interactions contributing knowledge and wisdom to the online world, and (ii) cultivate social relationships between systemicists.

Phi Beta Iota: With the publication of Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World, Dr. Kent Myers has emerged as a trail-blazer reconnecting those active in this area with a larger body of thinkers focused on Collective Intelligence and Public Intelligence.  Their most recent intellectual forebearers are Russell Ackoff of Penn State University and John N. Warfield of George Mason University.  The latest post focuses on the role of negative feedback loops in creating social dysfunction.  Red light camaras, for example, have increased rear-end collisions at stop lights.

See Also:

Journal: Design Thinking for Government
Reference: Strategic Asymmetry–with Comment

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: John N. Warfield

About the Idea, Alpha V-Z, Collective Intelligence

Dr. John N. Warfield (1925-2009) was emeritus professor and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Integrative Sciences (IASIS) at George Mason University.

He has been elected President of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (formerly called the Society for General Systems Research). He served as Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics from 1968 to 1971, and as founding Editor-in-Chief of the Pergamon journal Systems Research, during the period 1981-1990. Warfield is a member of the Academic Committee of the International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics.

He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and holds that organization's Centennial Medal. He is a member of the Association for Integrative Studies.

In 2006 John N. Warfield was awarded the Joseph G. Wohl Award for Career Achievement at the 2006 annual meeting of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. This is the highest award given by the society, and is not awarded every year. He was awarded for his contributions to systems engineering concepts, methodology, design, education and management. Warfield was also awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

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His Most Relevant Online Work

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