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Creating a Learning SocietyA New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress$
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Joseph Stiglitz and Bruce Greenwald

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152143

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152143.001.0001

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Social Transformation and the Creation of a Learning Society

Social Transformation and the Creation of a Learning Society

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(p.457) Chapter Sixteen Social Transformation and the Creation of a Learning Society
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Creating a Learning Society
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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Bruce C. Greenwald

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152143.003.0016

This chapter discusses the importance of creating an open, democratic, and inclusive society as necessary conditions for creating a dynamic economy and a learning society. The challenge lies not only in identifying what policies might lead to creating a learning society, but also getting them adopted. That requires political systems and mindsets that recognize the virtues of creating a learning society. The chapter begins by presenting a general approach to societal evolution of beliefs (including beliefs about change) that provides the foundations of an understanding of both societal rigidities and societal change; it provides insights both into the impediments to creating a “learning society” mentality and into how learning mindsets can be created. It then describes the links between democratic ideology and learning societies.

Keywords:   learning society, societal evolution, beliefs, social change, democratic ideology

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