Man in his social and political existence must have a functioning society just as he must have air to breathe.
UTOPIA? TRY FUNCTIONING.
Peter Drucker never actually wished for utopia—despite what some of his critics claimed. What he was striving for was to create a society that was simply “functioning,” a society in which individuals could find dignity and purpose in their lives.
As pressures from technology and globalization have increased and the nature of work has changed, it has become harder and harder for many people—particularly those without adequate knowledge and skills—to keep pace. Income inequality has grown. Trust in business, government and even NGOs has declined broadly. Capitalism itself is increasingly under attack.
The KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society is a vehicle designed to help tackle some of our big challenges in pursuit of the vision that Peter Drucker held: one in which people thrive because of—not in spite of—our major institutions.
By bringing together the right leaders to work on key issues, we aim to forge new ideas and accelerate change by piloting and testing the best of them.
A BREAKTHROUGH VIEW OF CORPORATE PERFORMANCE
The KH Moon Center also develops practical tools to help leaders make real strides on issues of social import.
Foremost among these is a holistic measure of corporate effectiveness. We define “effectiveness” as Peter Drucker did: “doing the right things well.” You can learn more on the following pages about the methodology, data sources and principles we’ve used.
This measure gives corporations and investors a credible and useful alternative to short-term financial metrics. This, in turn, should help lead to better stewardship of our enterprises—and better outcomes for employees, customers and communities.
ACCELERATING LIFELONG LEARNING
For too many people, learning ends when they finish school. Increasingly, however, economic opportunity—as well as dignity—is dependent upon lifelong learning.
With this in mind, the KH Moon Center has embarked on a project to design, prototype, implement and ultimately scale a system that will help transform South Bend, Indiana, into the City of Lifelong Learning.
The system—part digital, part physical—will take what is currently a highly fragmented set of learning resources, identify those that have proven to be most effective, integrate them more efficiently and make them accessible and inviting for the entire South Bend community, regardless of someone’s age, educational level, income or job status. Once the system in South Bend is in place and growing, we believe that our model can be replicated across the country.
You can learn more about our vision and plans here and here. You can watch South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the Drucker Institute’s Rick Wartzman talk about the initiative here. You can read why Google.org and Walmart are funding the project here. And you can see some of the coverage by local media in South Bend here and here.
For more information about the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society or the Drucker Index, please contact Rick Wartzman at [email protected].