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Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World


Editors: Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, John Baugher, and Karin Jironet (Emerald Publishing, 2016)

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Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World asks readers to consider, “What is my role in creating healthy organizations and a healthy world?” and then provides them with the frameworks and tools to explore that challenge, finding a path through the complexities of today and taking action and contributing to what works. The book proposes practical questions that can be used for dialogue and action among leaders, policy makers, corporate sustainability officers, and organizational consultants as they consider the interconnections between leadership and sustainability and between the long-term viability of the planet and organizational development.

Creative Social Change is rooted in interviews with five prominent thought leaders — Robert Quinn, Otto Scharmer, Edgar Schein, Peter Senge, and Margaret Wheatley — who discuss their work in organizational and societal development. Readers will then discover contributions on what is needed for change from longstanding creative scholar-practitioners, such as Riane Eisler and Karl-Henrik Robèrt, as well as new voices. The book concludes with several case studies from around the world (including Latin America, Asia, the United States, New Zealand, and Africa) that readers can thoughtfully consider.

According to Editor Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, “In the face of any human or cultural tendencies to focus on what doesn’t work, we can choose to contribute to what does, to planting seeds for the future. Perhaps this is core to health: finding ways to appreciate the current moment while contributing to people and actions that we sense to be towards life, rather than focusing on making do, making money, or doing what we believe to be required of us.”

Unlike organizational effectiveness, which suggests something that works really well like a machine or a computer, organizational health is more fitting for our living, humanly-constructed societies—communities with heart and consciousness. No one would wish for ineffective action or leadership, but effectiveness on its own does not create a vital, dynamic organization, community, or world. If you, your organization, or your community is investing in leadership and sustainability, this book is for you.

About the Co-Editors

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

John Baugher

Karin Jironet

Table of Contents

Foreword – Lord John Alderdice

  1. Introduction – Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
  1. Visions of a Healthy World: Views from Thought Leaders – Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, with Margaret Wheatley, Otto Scharmer, Ed Schein, Robert E. Quinn and Peter Senge
  1. Reframing Organizational and Social Change: From Domination to Partnership –  Riane Eisler
  2. Ecological Consciousness, Moral Imagination, and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development John Eric Baugher, Walter Osika and Karl-Henrik Robert
  3. Use it or Lose it: About Leadership Ethics in the United Nations – Karin Jironet
  4. Leadership for the Greater Good: Developing Indicators of Societal and Environmental Health – Samuel G. Wilson
  5. Developing Rational Leadership in Africa – Charles J. Palus, Steadman Harrison III and Joshua Prasad
  1. The Inner Practice of Community Development: Embracing Deep Democracy in Mexico –  Patricia A. Wilson
  2. Sumak Kawsay among Indigenous Women Leaders of Ecuador – Carolina Bown
  3. Kiwi Ways of Leading: How 30 New Zealand Government Chief Executives Are Encouraging Healtheir Cultures – Jane McCann
  4. ‘The Arts are Not a Luxury’: The Arts as a Source of Community in California –  Barbara Rose Shuler
  5. Strengthening Communities through Adaptive Leadership: A Case Study of the Kansas Leadership Center and the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center – Max Klau and Jill Hufnagel
  6. Women and Leadership in Rwanda, Emerging Transformation: The Spiritual, Social, and Political Dimensions of Transmuting Suffering –  Eliane Ubalijoro, Bagwiza Jacequeline Uwizeyimana and Marilyn Verghis
  7. A Living, Healthy World: Implications for Thought and Action – Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, John Eric Baugher, and Karin Jironet
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