The Pragmatist’s Guide to Governance: From high school cliques to boards, family offices, and nations: A guide to optimizing governance models

The Pragmatist’s Guide to Governance is the fourth book in The Pragmatist’s Guide series, and it explores the concept of governance from a first principles perspective. Governance is defined as the system that structures the interactions of a group of people who are expected to work synergistically. The book examines how different governance structures affect the humans living under them, and vice versa, with a special focus on how human psychology interacts with the structures that facilitate our interaction with other people.

The book covers a wide range of governance structures, from states to religions, online forums, middle school cliques, and family units. It also provides practical advice on how to optimize governance models for different purposes and contexts, such as scaling a company, setting up a nonprofit, establishing a family office, trying to win a power struggle or overcome bullying, instigating a revolution with the goal of building a new nation-state, or navigating an organization in which one is forced to operate.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I introduces the basic concepts and principles of governance, such as authority, legitimacy, power, influence, incentives, alignment, accountability, transparency, feedback loops, and culture. Part II applies these concepts and principles to various governance structures in different domains and scales, such as families, schools, workplaces, communities, religions, online platforms, corporations, nonprofits, states, and international organizations. Part III discusses some of the challenges and opportunities for improving governance models in the future, such as dealing with complexity and uncertainty, leveraging technology and data, fostering diversity and inclusion, promoting innovation and creativity, and balancing individual and collective interests.

This book will be uniquely useful to anyone:

·        Scaling a company

·        Setting up a nonprofit

·        Establishing a family office

·        Trying to win a power struggle or overcome bullying

·        Instigating a revolution with the goal of building a new nation-state

·        Navigating an organization in which they’re forced to operate (e.g., a business or university)

# Review book

The Pragmatist’s Guide to Governance is a comprehensive and insightful book that offers a fresh and pragmatic perspective on governance. The authors draw from various disciplines and sources of evidence to provide a clear and coherent framework for understanding and evaluating different governance structures. The book is well-written and well-organized, with plenty of examples and case studies that illustrate the main points and arguments. The book also includes helpful diagrams and tables that summarize key concepts and comparisons.

The book is not only informative but also engaging and entertaining. The authors use humor and anecdotes to make complex topics more accessible and relatable. They also challenge some common assumptions and myths about governance and invite readers to question their own beliefs and biases. The book encourages readers to think critically and creatively about governance and to apply the principles and tools presented in the book to their own situations and goals.

The book is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning more about governance or who wants to improve their own governance skills or models. The book covers a broad spectrum of governance structures and scenarios that are relevant for different audiences and contexts. Whether one is a student or a teacher, an employee or an employer, a parent or a child, a leader or a follower, a citizen or an activist, or simply a curious human being who wants to understand how people interact with each other under different systems of rules and norms, this book will provide valuable insights and guidance.

The Pragmatist’s Guide to Governance is a timely and important book that addresses one of the most fundamental aspects of human society: how we organize ourselves to achieve our collective goals. The book offers a pragmatic approach to governance that is based on evidence rather than ideology or dogma. The book also recognizes that governance is not static but dynamic and evolving over time. The book invites readers to join the authors in their quest for finding better ways of governing ourselves in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.

About the Author

Originally a neuroscientist focused on brain-computer interface and the evolution of human cognition (his work is on display at the Smithsonian), Malcolm Collins felt he could learn more about the way humans interact with the world and each other by pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. There he met Simone, his wife and co-author, who at the time was Director of Marketing at, managing a team of 20,000 freelancers. Together they co-founded the art commission marketplace, after which Malcolm became Director of Strategy at South Korea’s most desired source of early-stage capital and Simone earned her graduate degree from Cambridge while working in VC. The couple now runs a number of travel companies (with a focus on Travelmax), splitting their time between North American headquarters near Valley Forge, PA and South American offices.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BSLDY94T
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Omniscion Press (January 17, 2023)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 17, 2023
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 522 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 283 pages
  • Best Sellers Rank: #138 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)

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