Society, Culture, Education & Self

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The beginning of the 21st century thunders with pressing calls.

These are wake-up calls to prevent climate change, start regarding nature with adequate respect, solve
the waste dilemma and find an effective way to prevent the spread of viruses.

Calls to end nuclear weapons proliferation and build more effective international relations.

Calls to eliminate poverty and prevent future economic crises.

Calls to protect democracy and establish global human equality.

As critical as they are, all these—as well as many others urgent calls—can be effectively addressed only by those individuals whose liberty is guaranteed by the society they live in. However, if an individual is concerned chiefly with their own personal profit and pleasure, their freedom of action alone would not do any good in solving the world's problems. As much as a society may be committed to protecting individual liberties, it requires the individual to use their skills and talents to create a society of the common global good.

Ripples@Work is a website designed to find solutions for small and big problems through the 'rippling' dynamics between society, culture, education and self.

The site has been created by the educational researcher and author, Lena Redman. In it she presents the scholarly concepts developed through her research and the writing of her books.

At the heart of the Ripples@Work model is the notion that society, culture, education and self are coequal elements caught up in their continuous inter-rippling.

Every individual is a unique complex schemata of biological predispositions and cultural characteristics typical of the community they come from. The community culture is further broken into group subcultures,
as well as family cultures. Every society is a unique kaleidoscopic pattern of various traditional cultures and developed subcultures.

No matter how culturally different from each other individuals may be, they all live in the same society, guided by adherence to human rights and equality among all members. No matter what diverse cultural traditions and beliefs the individuals bring into a society, they have to abide by the principle that the democratic law is applied equally and fairly to everyone, and no one is above it.



Society and culture in the paradigm
of the ripplework are differentiated as:


Society – a highly structured system
of human organization in a large-scale community for such purposes as the protection, continuity, security, and national identity of its members.


Culture – a set of behaviors, beliefs, traditions, interactions and symbolic systems of expression developed over time by certain groups of people.


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