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A Democratic Approach to Sustainable Futures: A Workbook for Addressing the Global Problematique Paperback – June 24, 2011
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About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHORS Thomas R. Flanagan, PhD, was raised in Massachusetts, attended universities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He began his professional career life science and biomedical technology and worked in and founded high performance companies in New England and in Europe both in technology and in management roles. Tom’s appreciation for decision-making in diversified research and development teams let him to advanced studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and subsequently to an opportunity to work with Dr. Alexander Christakis and support co-laboratories of democracy in international business, government agencies, and community missions. Tom has taught classes in biology, chemistry, engineering, and management for university students and online classes for practitioner training in participatory democracy. His published books include The Talking Point: Creating an Environment for Exploring Complex Meaning, (with AN Christakis; 2010}; CogniSystem™ A User's Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide for Collaborative Design (2006). Previous use of the approaches presented in this workbook appear in: An Online Course in Sustainable Democracy: A Group Decision Making Process (in press). Kenneth C. Bausch, PhD, grew up in Ohio and received his BA in Philosophy from Duns Scotus College followed by four years of intensive theological studies at St. Leonard's College. He began his professional life as a Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order and has been a pastor, a high school teacher, an inner-city organizer working with street gangs and community groups, a social service administrator, a homebuilder, and an university professor. In the course of 40 years of inquiry into the human condition, he has delved intensively into philosophy, orthodox theology, Eastern religions, social and political ideology, psychology, sociology, and systems theory. Ken holds an MA in Psychology at the University of West Georgia and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University. Ken took up the leadership role of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras. Ken has taught psychology, sociology and systems science at several colleges including Capella University, and is currently teaching an online course through Flinders University in Australia. His published books include The Emerging Consensus in Social Systems Theory, (2001), Body Wisdom: Interplay of Body and Ego (2010), and Harnessing Collective Wisdom and Power to Construct the Future (with AN Christakis; 2006).
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Despite the explosive number of worldwide implementations, a practical guide to the application of the methodology of dialogic design, which addresses the needs of both trained facilitators as well as students, was missing. The `workbook' by Flanagan and Bausch comes to rescue. It not only fills this gap, but moreover it sets new standards and new objectives for the wider dissemination and exploitation of SDD.
The approach of Flanagan and Bausch, to allow the exploration into the problématique of global sustainability, to be conducted either online in virtual classrooms or face-to-face in traditional course settings opens also the door for the envisioned scalability of SDD, which capitalizes on emerging communication technologies. Their work will hopefully facilitate the transition of our mindset from the `virtual classroom' to the `virtual dialogue' concept.
The examples in this `workbook' take inspiration from the kind of problems, for which SDD was originally developed, i.e., growing worldwide complexities and uncertainties. The student will inevitably embrace the thesis that the type of wicked problems that mankind faces are of a global nature and it is therefore indispensable that also our actions towards their resolution capitalize from methodologies that facilitate the harnessing of the collective wisdom and target their interventions to those elements of the system that have the greatest capability to influence change at the global level.
In sum, the `workbook' by Flanagan and Bausch constitutes an excellent contribution in our effort to achieve greater awareness as well as to build capacity across the world that will serve as leverage to positive social transformations.