Category Archives: Opinion

‘Appreciative inquiry’ accelerates what’s working

by Lindsey Godwin Aug. 28, 2018 Editor’s note: The following is a contributed piece by Lindsey Godwin, academic director at the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College. I knew a … Continue reading

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Employee ownership and the next system–Interview with Professor Joseph R. Blasi

The Democracy Collaborative’s Research Director Thomas Hanna and Next System Project Deputy Director Dana Brown sat down with Dr. Joseph Blasi pre-eminent expert on employee ownership, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, and regular contributor to … Continue reading

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Appreciative Inquiry and the Power of Negative Thinking

Why we need to overcome our negative bias and six ways to do it  All of you who are familiar with the Appreciative Inquiry approach to organisational, project and personal development will be aware of the following “Big Five” interlinked and overlapping … Continue reading

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The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

Otto Scharmer’s blog below deserves great consideration and discussion.   Otto Scharmer    This blog is a bit longer than usual. But if you are interested in the invisible dimension of leading profound social change — and in a blend of action science … Continue reading

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5 Questions for Gar Alperovitz

by Scott Gast (Orion Magazine) The Next System Project is an effort to “think boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic difficulties facing the United States.” Can you tell us more about it? It is increasingly obvious … Continue reading

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Flourishing inTolerance by John Scherer

As those who work with evolutionary development tag inclusion as the basic capacity promoting growth, blogs such as John Scherer’s here take on greater import.  cgb Posted on 01.24.15 http://scherercenter.com/uncategorized/flourishing-intolerance/ Several things prompted me to write this piece: An extraordinary client … Continue reading

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A Friendship, A Love, A Rescue by PARKER J. PALMER

“…I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, … Continue reading

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A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH, THE ATLANTIC OCT. 22, 2014, 2:55 PM ReutersViktor Frankl, the renowned Viennese psychiatrist and author of “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish … Continue reading

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Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/otto-scharmer/capitalism-40-and-neuropl_b_4839429.html Posted: 02/22/2014 5:43 pm EST Updated: 02/23/2014 12:59 am EST Otto Scharmer Senior Lecturer, MIT; Founding chair, Presencing Institute   I have just returned from an interesting experience in Washington. D.C.: a panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event was … Continue reading

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What Then Can I Do? Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:01By Gar Alperovitz and Keane Bhatt, Truthout | Op-Ed http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18908-what-then-can-i-do-ten-steps-toward-transforming-the-system The richest 400 Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 180 million taken together. The political system is in deadlock. Social and economic pain continue … Continue reading

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