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Jefferson Memorial
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS

Future perfect?

History informing our Governance

I do enjoy sculpture and I often find it educational too. Here is an example I found useful, seen on a visit to Washington DC a year ago. I found it useful as it brought together 2 strands of thought.

In November 2019 I had just made an unexpectedly early ascent to the Presidency of the RPS. Through those recent events I had come to recognise that all was not well with the scheme of governance within the RPS. While I do not favour continuous alteration to rules within a society there are times when it is sensible to review them. I also recognised that we probably had limited choice in the matter, triggered by the complaints about the election process we had just completed.

I had remembered the writings of a US President on these issues and went to seek out the Jefferson Memorial. Emblazoned on the wall was the thoughts I was seeking. Jefferson before me had recognised that there are times when change is necessary.

The Jefferson memorial was covered in scaffolding when I visited which had another message for me. The roof was leaking and the writing on the wall was being damaged. Fine words only go so far - understanding the issues and making a suitable response is important.

Photographs are also susceptible to water damage. On a past trip to Washington I was working to develop an International Standard for Photography on this topic. You will find the fruits of our labour here.

We can solve all these issues by working together. Come and join the debate on the Governance of the RPS.

 

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."