In my judgment the principal purpose of policy direction is to stimulate a broad and sustained discussion. If a policy is capable of automatic and unthinking execution, it is probably not focusing on an issue of real policy.
There is a discussion underway on PPD-8. Given the process-oriented focus of the PPD this is already a signal of some success.
Those involved in the discussion are working to draw meaning from the PPD, impose meaning on the PPD, undermine the PPD, and amplify the PPD. This is all very worthwhile.
The discussion on the April 13 post (“Other Views”) is, at least to me, especially interesting. Please see below. But there may be other threads that are more interesting to you. I will monitor all the threads and over the weekend bring forward any of the conversation that strikes me as especially useful… even, maybe especially, if I vigorously disagree. (UPDATE: Given the amount of commentary over the weekend and the two new posts such aggregation is no longer needed.)
Elinor Ostrom, the Nobel Laureate in economics, has found that resilience is a function of participation, collaboration, and deliberation. I hope you will contribute to our shared resilience by participating in this discussion, collaborating in the meaning-making, and joining thoughtfully and constructively in the deliberation.