[discuss] What is MSism?

michael gurstein gurstein at gmail.com
Sun Mar 30 17:57:51 UTC 2014



-----Original Message-----
From: McTim [mailto:dogwallah at gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:50 AM
To: michael gurstein
Cc: Pranesh Prakash; 1Net List
Subject: Re: [discuss] What is MSism?

On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM, michael gurstein <gurstein at gmail.com>
> McTim and all,
> I know this discussion has taken place quite extensively on the 
> Governance e-list but probably it might be worthwhile to have some 
> clarification here as well, as again we seem to be using the same 
> words but with quite different meanings.

yes, and we did there as well.

I use a wider definition of CS than do you.


> In most contexts the term "Civil Society" does NOT refer simply to 
> those people who are left over when you remove all the other 
> categories/stakeholder groups (e.g. biz, technical and governmental).

well according to the above definition, (and many other online
definitions) of CS, technical bodies are CS.

You have to recall that the WSIS silos are completely arbitrary and

> Rather it refers to with groupings of people concerned with certain 
> types of issues -- mostly having to do with things like human rights, 
> social justice, good governance, and the common good.
> For a useful illustration of the kinds of issues which are of interest 
> to "Civil Society" in most parts of the world and in most policy 
> sectors please see the attached.

As Hamlet said to Horatio;

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in
your philosophy."


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A route
indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

More information about the discuss mailing list