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Do good paradigm
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The Do Good paradigm, as defined from the Developmental school
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Curator(s): Mario Yanez

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Pattern page for Do good paradigm pattern
A paradigm guides, governs and controls the organization of individual reasoning and the systems of ideas that obey it and contains, for any discourse under its rule, the fundamental concepts or master categories of intelligibility. (For more in depth discussion, see Paradigm page this summary was taken.)

[The following is an Excerpt from the article, The Regenerative Economic Shaper by Carol Sanford and Ben Haggard.]


The do good paradigm removes the arbitrary ceiling imposed by arrest disorder paradigm, which devotes its energies to making the world less bad. But in its pursuit of abstract ideals, do good-­‐ism also introduces its own unintended negative consequences.

Workings of...

At this level, one’s attention shifts to discovering meaning in life, and this awakens altruism, the desire to improve the world by moving it toward an ideal pattern. One seeks to model one’s actions on an inspiring or aspirational model, often manifest as a set of values and principles, the life of an exemplary individual, or the teachings of a community. One’s orientation moves from problems to be solved to potential to be pursued, away from the things one wants to prevent and toward the things one wants to create or encourage.


The do good paradigm guides the work of many philanthropic organizations, religious communities, and social and ecological movements. It can even show up in international politics. For example, the U.S. chose to change its policy and invest in rebuilding the German economy after World War II, as part of a larger aid program for post-­‐war Europe. The Marshall Plan, as it came to be known, fostered peaceful and prosperous partnerships that had a stabilizing influence on the world for generations, and it established the reputation of the U.S. as a principled actor in world affairs.

This approach was different from containment strategies pursued in the aftermath of more recent wars and from foreign aid that was intended to address the immediate needs and problems of regions undergoing conflicts or natural disasters. With a focus on building the capacity of nations to create their own wealth, the Marshall Plan funded the construction of critical infrastructure. Although there were flaws in the plan’s conception and execution, it nevertheless stood out for this commitment to the development of new capacity.

Energies generator

An intention to do good can actually generate energy, whereas constant effort to restrain disorder usually drains energy. One reason why it has been easy in the past to tap the isolationist impulse in U.S. politics is that most of the country’s international spending, including support for the military, goes to arresting disorder. People grow understandably tired of the endless, unrewarding effort to feed and police the world. The do good paradigm offers the appealing alternative of support for the economic and social growth of independent, thriving nations.

Yet at the same time, the do good paradigm carries within it a dangerous shadow.

The shadow side

What one person thinks is good is not necessarily what another thinks is good, and implicit in the do good paradigm is the do-­‐gooder, the person who decides which good to do. Out of the kind of thinking that this paradigm tends to produce have come imperialism and religious wars, as well as unintended negative consequences from a host of well-­‐meaning initiatives. A classic example is the green revolution programs that increased farm production while decimating indigenous crop  varieties and impoverishing small farmers. This kind of problem arises because the do good perspective values abstract ideals, which are always less dimensional and

complex than a living reality and may or may not be relevant to the specific people or situations to which they are applied.

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About Essence Tab...

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   Aliveness: What energizes this being that really makes it come alive, beyond the functional of everyday existence.
   Offering: The unique value a pattern offers in order to bring a higher-order of viability and vitality to, or evolve a particular system they are working to transform (this is context specific).
   Potential: A tendency in a being that this pattern is continually striving to manifest into existence.
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