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Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart Paperback – May 18, 2016
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"In Cooperative Wisdom Don Scherer and Carolyn Jabs provide afriendly, accessible guide to tackling some of our most vexing problems. The five steps they propose are rooted in sophisticated philosophy butthe great strength of their book is its collection of simple, practicalexamples that show how unintended problems arise and how solutions arepossible. This is a book that will educate, inspire, and empower." --Dr. Nancy Unger, Author of Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History
"Penetrating,accessible, and profoundly practical, Cooperative Wisdom delivers on itspromise. It truly is a distillation of a lifetime of practical problem solving,a primer in how to transform unsustainable "environments" intosustainable ones. Scherer and Jabs have created nuanced and revitalizingcharacterizations of five dispositions essential to ethical consultation andconflict resolution. " --- Dr. Mark Aulisio, Consultant on Medical Ethics,Case Western Reserve.
"Cooperative Wisdom will appeal to anyone frustrated by disruptivechange and seemingly intractable disputes. The social virtues it describes openup promising paths where there seem to be nothing but dead ends; it providesclear, practical guide that expands our understanding of what it means to be anddo good in a complex, modern world. This book equips readers to respondconstructively to change, transcend conflict, and strengthen the communities onwhich our well-being depends." --Self-Publishing Review
"A great read! Cooperative Wisdom describes everything I do every day in my work. The kinds of cooperation needed in the world today involve multiple players who do not always see how their interests can align. Cooperative Wisdom helped me think more clearly about the skills I need to put together coalitions that produce benefits for everyone involved.The strategies recommended in the book produce results that are more thoughtful, more innovative and, in the end, more sustainable." --Dale Arnold, Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
About the Author
Dr. Donald Scherer is Professor Emeritus in the Philosophy Department of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. For more than 40 years, he has thought deeply about environmental ethics and social environments in which people can thrive. Cooperative Wisdom distills insights gleaned from his research and writing, teaching and mentoring.
Dr. Scherer has also put his ideas into practice, winning national respect for devising innovative partnerships that respond effectively to incipient conflict. He has consulted with businesses, faith communities, volunteer organizations, and educational institutions including Georgia State University where he facilitated cooperation between the university and the surrounding metropolitan area and Santa Clara University where he worked to improve regional water management.
Among other projects, he has advised the World Wildlife Fund on enlisting Fortune 500 corporations in ecological restoration, promoted interfaith dialogue through the World Council of Churches, developed ethical guidelines for minimizing the harm associated with responding to oil spills with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), devised plans for exotic species management with regional park systems, and consulted with various cities on innovative design for urban corridors.
Dr. Scherer served as past president of Green Energy Ohio. He is the lead author of Upstream/Downstream: Issues in Environmental Ethics and co-author with Dr. James Child of Two Paths towards Peace. He lives with his wife, Char, in a wind-powered home in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Carolyn Jabs, MA, is an experienced professional writer with a reputation for insight and sensitivity in dealing with complex social issues. She has written hundreds of articles about families, ethics, environmental issues, and the Internet.
Her work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, Working Mother, and Family PC. Her award-winning column, Growing Up Online, is featured in regional parenting publications across the country. She is the author of The Heirloom Gardener and a contributor to Children and Nature: Making Connections.
Carolyn and her husband, David, live in Santa Barbara, California where she participates in the Women’s Fund, serves on the Board of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Communications and practices tai chi.
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There’s enough about content on this page to give prospective readers a solid sense of what the book covers. I want to talk instead about its impact on my own life and work. Not long before starting this project, I moved from a big city to a small town, and soon found that I no longer could (even if I wished to) enjoy or suffer the anonymity of urban life. I discovered the joys and perils of community in ways I’d never understood before. Never mind the invitations to join boards and choral groups; if I got annoyed at someone’s driving and shared my feelings in any of the usual obnoxious ways, inevitably the stupid driver would turn out to be a neighbor. And I did become active on the board of a local land trust, just then embroiled in a paralyzing power struggle. Immersed in the book during these couple of years, I found myself applying its wisdom often, sometimes unconsciously. I worked harder to discern why the other guy’s values mattered as much as mine. I’d seek out flexible specialists—people who knew their stuff but were open to ideas—to consult as needs arose. I consciously tried to imagine alternative paths to a goal, and to stay the course when I really wanted to flee from conflict.
The ways of living and working together that Cooperative Wisdom guides us to aren’t necessarily novel. But the way the authors have conceived and framed them—as the five “social virtues”—is, I think, revolutionary and incredibly useful. The examples and stories that illustrate their principles are ones just about anyone can relate to. The “practices” they describe ground the virtues and offer the reader different avenues to explore and understand them. Anyone who spends time with this book should come away feeling that they have gained a teacher like the best of those we remember from school, who nurtured in us an appetite for challenges and the resilience to stick with something difficult or scary. Or the kind of wise friend whose insights we treasure and to whom we turn again and again.
Donald Scherer and Carolyn Jabs offer some insightful and thought provoking ways to re-think the problems inherent when people with good intentions have trouble working together in their book Cooperative Wisdom. Scherer, a retired philosophy professor from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) and Jabs, a former student of Scherer and a professional writer, offer a conversational approach to what could otherwise be a dense and difficult thesis. They offer five social virtues that help define what it is that sometimes makes people seem so intractable. With each of the five virtues, they give three exercises to help further understand the concepts.
If it sounds like a ‘How To’ book, it isn’t. It’s more of a launch pad to continue difficult work. Most of us live by the adage that conflict is neutral, it just shows interest. Scherer and Jabs offer some ways to think through conflict to arrive at the core underlying the interest that causes the conflict. And once that interest can be defined and claimed, the process can begin, again.
In Cooperative Wisdom the authors do not sugar coat the reality of working together in the middle and later part of the second decade of the twenty-first century. What they offer is a way to break free from the destructive way conflict is often approached and far too often ignored.
If you are involved in trying to bring diverse people in a religious, non-profit, corporate, or even family situation to a common understanding and definition of a perceived problem, Cooperative Wisdom is a book for you – but only if you are willing to enter into a redefinition of what truly is at stake in our ignorance and uncooperative attitudes. By exploring the five social virtues, perceived problems are redefined and new options emerge. But as the authors remind the reader continually, it is a process. Make this book a part of your process to understand the culture in which we operate and the part you play in cooperation even with the most uncooperative and wisdom even with the most ignorant or arrogant.