Unfavorable stereotypes of government institutions and state-run corporations abound, often with good reason. But let's face it: honest bureaucrats have unenviable jobs.


They must address the competing interests of lobbyists, coalitions, and the political opposition, while simultaneously keeping the affairs of state running effectively.

The process of governing in a chaotic democracy is extraordinarily complex. When public discourse is not downright adversarial and hostile, it is increasingly noisy and cynical. The key to sustainable decision-making today is developing consensus among key stakeholders, something that governments traditionally have not been equipped to do.

Meta‑Culture can make governments and quasi-governmental agencies work better by:

  • Institutionalizing better Dialogue processes and forums for building consensus around contentious issues
  • Training civil servants and politicians in advocacy and facilitation skills for addressing difficult, hostile, and politically sensitive situations.
  • Helping officers identify and reduce time spent in unproductive arguments.
  • Equipping governments to deal with hostile members of the public with empathy and effectiveness.

Meta-Culture also provides critical services like Dialogue Facilitation and Consensus Building to bridge the gaps between stakeholders in government, civil society and business. By availing of Meta-Culture's services, government bodies can acquire the necessary skills and tools for more effective functioning in public-private partnerships. Above all, Meta-Culture enhances the quality of communication between government, special interest groups and the general public.

  • FAQs
    In India, we have our own traditional systems of resolving conflicts. Why do we need to borrow methods from the West?
    In simple homogenous societies, there are shared ground rules and the power structures are clear. When the chief, elder, or local governance body comes to a judgment, the community usually accepts it as fair. Non-compliance by disputing parties can have serious consequences.
    To settle disputes, traditional elders and local governance bodies typically draw on knowledge of their local history and environment, which works as long as the situation is familiar and predictable. But traditional knowledge is not so useful in resolving complex modern disputes involving unfamiliar times, people and practices.
    For these reasons, traditional leaders are having an increasingly difficult time managing the conflicts of today.
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If we want to see why governing India is so difficult, we must simply step out onto our streets. Our civic sense is among the worst of any nation on the planet. Honking automobiles eschew lane discipline, motorcyclists think nothing of driving the wrong way, and kamikaze auto-rickshaw drivers seek their next fare in the hereafter. Our civic discourse is not much better. Everyone talks at the same time, constantly interrupting each other. As with driving, we make our own laws in conversations. Most of all, we are full of righteous indignation. There are no commonly agreed upon rules or norms that allow our conversations to create deeper understanding, build empathy, or solve problems.