At a meeting in Melbourne on April 30 2017, Mr Charles Hogg, Director, Brahma Kumaris Australia, presented a new multi layered
BKA operations manual working toward structural refunctioning. For BKA management it has been a 3 year exercise and SEVEN NEW DEPARTMENTS have been created with numerous sub departments,
including state service units, local service units, special interest group sub-units, and last but not least, the National Service Team itself has its own 'VIP sub-unit'who's
task it is to attract the more famous and influential members of our community...
I recently wrote to the Head of Department of one of the seven new departments:The
People Matters Department. This Department also has its own Units
: Welfare Unit, Training and Development Unit, and Staffing Unit. The new departments have their own slogan too: A SNAPSHOT OF OUR GLORIOUS FUTURE, a phrase Chairman Mao might have been proud of.But we haven't heard that 'our
glorious future' in the promised Golden Age will have such a monster bureaucracy...quite the reverse in fact
So... I put forward a proposal to The Head of The People Matters Department suggesting ( again) that BK culture might begin to move to a
vegan (so cruelty free), diet and lifestyle. I had a pleasantly swift reply from the Head of Department, but...with the suggestion that the matter should be referenced to the The Centres Network Department, which also has its own Units : BK Family Sustenance and Lifestyle Unit, Sustaining Contacts Unit, Spiritual Teaching and Learning Unit (and sub-unit) .
So anyway... my suggestion was apparently passed on from
The People Matters Department to The Centres Network Department a month ago, and somewhere in the new look BK structures and functions and units and sub-units...it seems to have got lost, in spite of the manual insisting that: "Each department will be properly resourced in terms of people, money, technology so they can do their work effectively and efficiently".
Seriously though, as we mentioned at the meeting, this clunky
bureaucracy just entrenches the same old BK culture as identified above, and does little to address the central POINT 9 of the survey :
'The prevailing BK
culture is inhibiting change and disempowering structures/individuals'.
As always, however,we live in hope.