Sunday, 17 May 2009

Interesting article on social trust and immaterial values

There is an interesting article on a Dutch website here, it's about religion and development. I like the idea of giving hands and feet to immaterial values ...

Social trust is found where people trust the good intentions of others and are confident that others can carry out their intentions within their social and institutional contexts. The importance of social trust for relationships and effective cooperation in development contexts needs no argument. But how do we ‘give hands and feet’ to this essential, but immaterial value?
The issue of trust and other intangibles in organisations is something I'm trying to build into my paper for the Craighead Institute. It's not all that easy to get your head around but as I watch a tidal wave of trust wash away swathes of British politicians it's easier to understand just how important the immaterial is to every organisation.