Systems practice

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 3–6

Ackoff's fables: Very short stories with very sharp points — On development

  • Russell L. Ackoff
Redesigning the Future

DOI: 10.1007/BF01062818

Cite this article as:
Ackoff, R.L. Systems Practice (1990) 3: 3. doi:10.1007/BF01062818


Well-intentioned and highly developed whites often set out to develop black communities. It can't be done for reasons revealed in this story. What they can do is encourage and facilitate the development of others.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell L. Ackoff
    • 1
  1. 1.INTERACT: The Institute for Interactive ManagementPhiladelphia

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