Jun 02 2009

Riding the Bus: a lesson in institutional adaptation

by at 4:03 pm

Riding the bus to class is perhaps the not best way to observe people, but it is a good way to look at institutions. Institutions in the sense that all people have formal, informal and transitional views which shape other institutions. On the bus, people act certain ways depending on whether they are willing to share the seat next to them, talk or even approve or disapprove of another bus patron’s behavior.

DC Metro Bus

DC Metro Bus

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Jun 02 2009

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by at 3:21 pm

Patterns of socio-economic behavior repeat themselves, regardless of the “shocks” to networks that come through political upheaval or environmental hazards. These patterns become subsequently more and more difficult to break, whether they are positive or negative. Consequently, both formal and informal institutions with agendas for development need to be careful how they insert themselves into the fabric of the global environment now, especially because the effects may be – to borrow a phrase from Stride gum’s marketing slogan – “ridiculously long lasting.”

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