In my work over recent years, I have done much work in new and emerging rural industries in Australia. This means work with groups of growers/producers, working to develop a market for a new rural product, with few resources (a few hundred people at most), a fragmented network of people, and little to no policy. These industries are generally less than 20 years old – they are niche products and are regarding as “hobby farms” by many “traditional” farmers who deal with sheep, cattle, wheat, sugar, etc.
By experience it has become clear to me, that without policy as a guide, establishing and building an industry – of whatever kind – is impossible.
Without having agreement on what the national body does, what membership benefits are provided for fees, and how communication is maintained, the industry remains as a fragmented group of uncoordinated producers, with varying quality and quantity.
Some are always happy with this – as they are just concerned with their own farm, their own brand, their own viability. But it becomes clear even to them, after a number of years they work in their industry, that without having a national body that works on building and creating networks, markets, standards, etc. the actual market demand for the product rarely eventuates. Some examples of this are; mohair, goat dairy products, wildflowers, tea-tree and eucalyptus oils, and olives. There are many more. And there are MANY examples in other industries.
My work has routinely been to set up basic communication policy as a starter – with magazines, newsletters, social media, website and helping to network producers. I have done this sort of work in more than 20 different industries.
My appreciation for LRH policy has really increased in doing the above work. Basic policy such as the Dev-T Series, the Data Series, Admin Know-How Series, Marketing Series and Finance Series have become vital. The PR Series and Org Series are others. Even getting an industry’s agreement on a quality standard has been a vital aspect of building each industry – such as wildflowers, truffles and olives.
It got me thinking about the mis-use of policy within Corporate Scientology these days – using policy to control and stop. Using policy to prevent communication — to stop communication.
Using the basic standard (KSW) as a way to attack and suppress people – when the actual purpose of the policy is the exact opposite.
Here is a superb LRH quote on this very subject:
“You have to understand something about policy. Policy is not something that I have dreamed up off the cuff. It might have been originally, and once in awhile I get real bright and solve something of the sort. But policy is the general mean action, that is to say, the action which has been worked out, and which has been working and has been held true over a long period of time.
“Policies are very often worked out and then reworked, and then pushed into a new form, and batted back and forth, and eventually why they’ll settle down to becoming a fairly routine standard policy on the thing. In fact I don’t think a new policy has been invented in Scientology for several years. And anyone here who really – who’s doing any supervision on staff, if they knew all the policies of the Central Organization that had been worked out over many, many years, frankly would never have to solve a single problem. They would just quote policy.
“It’s quite interesting – it’s quite interesting the fact that if I think it over very hard, on any problem that is offered me in an organization, if I think over what this thing is, and look at it real hard, and look over what policies that existed in this area, that I could uniformly and routinely give the answer by policy. I would state what the policy was that covered that particular field.
“It’s quite interesting for an organization as young as this, and now I’m talking about more broad time spans than Standard Oil Company and Earth time, but organizations that are in this universe very seldom are as young as this planet, if you get the idea. I mean there is a bigger time span involved and they nearly all of them go in this particular direction of well, they’ve got – they’ve worked out answers by experience over a long period of time, and everybody knows these things, and it makes communication possible between one point and another point, which is the main thing that it does by the way.
“Policy is not the activity of forcing somebody to obey some archaic and moldy order. It’s not forcing people to obey orders; that isn’t the reason for policy. Policy is there to facilitate communication between two points. In the absence of policy you don’t have communication between two points, because they’re not agreed on anything.
“Try to get communication between two points which are not in agreement, and of course you at once have trouble. And I point out the technology of A, R and C in support of that fact. So if there is policy with regard with to how people are registered and if this is known and understood, it is (1) based on a considerable amount of experience on the part of Registrars, and (2) the Letter Registrar, the Body Registrar who does the actual sign-ups, the D of T, the D of P, the Association Secretary and the HCO Secretary are all in agreement, don’t you see? So they stay in communication on this subject of registration.
“But the second you inject a brand-new, oddball policy into the thing, on which there has been no agreement previously and so forth, they tend to go out of agreement if this violates some policy in which they were in agreement. And if – that is there’s a broader sweep to what I am talking about, by the way, than simply handling an organization.
“We’re talking about in actual fact, a civilization. And, a civilization has certain agreed upon customs and mores. In other words, guides and standards of conduct. Certain things which they have agreed are normal. And it doesn’t much matter whether they are normal or abnormal or good or bad, just – this is all that matters – do they assist the general survival? It’s the only real test of one of these things. It doesn’t matter whether you have a policy or morals, or customs, or any of these broadly agreed-upon things. Does I t assist the general survival of the individual and of the majority of the group? And is it agreed upon? And does it facilitate communication having been agreed upon. There are actually three points involved there. “ LRH SHSBC Lecture 6409c15 Scientology and Tradition