Transparency is defined, as letting the truth be available for other to see if they so choose, or perhaps think to look, or have the time, means, and skills to look. That’s the definition stated by the author after his research.Clearly there is plenty of need for transparency for every country and organization, and many individuals as well.Transparency involves a wide selection of events, organizations, and issues of growing importance in every walk of life. The book argues that transparency is an essential ingredient of succes today: in politics, business, professions, and in our social, cultural, and religious lives.
Seeing is believing
In ancient cultures, hearing was believing.In today´s culture, we admonish: "Belive only half of what you hear, because seeing is believing!" Transparency today also spawned a growing horde of government and nongovernment organizations, launched a legion of transparency professionals, and created an entire industry of transparency hiders and seekers.
Transparency: The right to privacy versus the public´s right to know
Troughout history major public issues have been about property rights: the right to own private property, the right to use (or abuse) public property, the conflicting rights to information property, and in the near future, the rights of genetic property.Today we are in the middle of a global public wrestling match on the issue of information property rights.Transparency is simply the flash point at the intersection of the public´s right to know and the individuals´s or organization´s right to privacy.That book does not try to settle that arguments,It does, however sketch out in borad terms that level of transparency is constantly highter and highter.
Who´s watching, What,When,Where... and why?
It is clear that concept of transparency has take some significant changes, over time, but particularly in the last century, when the concept or definition of what was or was not transparent changed dramatically.Perhaps the most important change of all is in the implied rights and responsibilites of those watching and those being watched.Today, the whys of transparency are under constant and significant revision.It´s relatively easy to define the observer, and the objects under observation.But the rights and responsibilites of both the observer and the observed are most often foggy and uncertain.
The author shows in this book, a detailed view of the elements of transparency. Not just only talking about the transparency but also about the good use of transparency, or best practice, and it mentions how to use several resources to put transparency in action.In this book from a foggy idea, transparency has become very important part in this word with implications for everyone in the society.