The Church Growth Kit
Let us continue with the distinctions made by Douglass C. North (1998 81) If institutions are the rules of the game, organizations and their entrepreneurs are the players. Organizations are made up of groups of individuals bound together by some common purpose to achieve certain objectives. Organizations include political bodies (e.g., political parties, the Senate, a city council, regulatory bodies), economic bodies (e.g., firms, trade unions, family farms, cooperatives), social bodies (e.g., churches, clubs, athletic associations), and educational bodies (e.g., schools, universities, vocational centers). Although these examples focus on industrial service rather than preindustrial economies, North's basic idea can be applied to all human economies.
As is obvious from the opening pages, the ideas presented in this book are based on the work of a number of people and, because of this, we see them as having contributed to it. Foremost among them are our friends and co-workers at New Alchemy. As we have said before, their dedication is the real alchemy and to them we are and shall continue to be indebted. We also mention the happy meeting of minds that took place when we became involved with William Irwin Thompson and his colleagues at Lindisfarne. Of our friends there Drs. Lynn Margulis and James Lovelock, Sim Van der Ryn, Paolo Soleri, and Hunter and Amory Lovins have had a direct and important effect on our work. Architect Malcolm Wells has been an influential voice in persuading us that the design ideas that had arisen in the context of a solar village were universally applicable, and particularly so in an urban context. The Very Reverend James Parks Morton and Pamela Morton of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New...
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