|No.33 September 1, 2001|
|Positive Mind Redivivus:Redesigning Social Systems with IT as a Driving Force|
Vitalizing social activities means realizing people's positive attitude to live more convincingly with a challenging spirit. Most importantly, administrative policies must veer quickly to stimulate them to live more actively. We, therefore, believe that an environment for such policies must be immediately created: this should include (1) reconstructing safety nets for life designs in the future, (2) building the fundamental systems to allow the citizens to develop variously as they will, and (3) restoring a mutual sense of trust and confidence between the government and the citizens.
In this report we have proposed an idealistic concept for each of the key categories: medical care, pensions, education and local communities, working styles, living styles, administrative policies, and policymaking.
In presenting these proposals, we have found it important to change the policymaking process to redesign the social/institutional systems for vitalization. This requires (1) an advanced evaluation system based on microeconomic viewpoints, (2) people's spontaneous participation, and (3) initiatives by the private sector.
For changing the policymaking process, social experiment functions need to be established to redesign the overall social systems.