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A new century of social innovation

12/08/2011

Man has in him two distinct master impulses, the individualistic and the communal, a personal life and a social life, a personal motive of conduct and a social motive of conduct. The possibility of their opposition and the attempt to find their equation lie at the very roots of human civilisation.

-- Sri Aurobindo, The Future Evolution of Man

The upcoming decades will be different from what has gone before. Our global society is in the midst of great transformations that will usher in new social and cultural formations. Many nations have been living the high life as a result of the prosperity afforded by rapid industrial, technological and material growth. The long tail of this -- the technological revolution -- has been fundamental in stretching tentacles of dependency far and wide. Complex structures of supply, demand and energy are now near to their breaking points.

Screen shot 2011-12-08 at 9.06.28 AMThe new century for humankind begins as the traditional structures provided by governments and social and political institutions are overwhelmed and no longer capable of serving humankind in its best interests. Problems and difficulties are likely to continue rising up, like a tsunami, and manifesting in our immediate social environments. Yet unlike a natural tsunami, these social uprisings can also serve to clean the slate and clear the brushwood. They can provide the opportunity for individuals and communities to re-evaluate their life priorities. It can be a time for reconstruction and reorientation based on newly-emerging perceptions of how better to lead a fulfilling life. Yet this outcome, perhaps, will not be for everyone: There will still be many who choose to return to the old, familiar, tried-and tested ways. However, this will prove difficult, as some of the old systems will no longer be functional.

New forms of social innovation need to be encouraged to emerge from the chrysalis of the fossilized structures. By this it is meant that more appropriate and creative social, economic, technological, cultural and political edifices can replace current dysfunctional systems. For example, new -- or previous -- skill sets can return for inclusion in our social and community roles. This may force many people to shift from office and administration jobs, from the service and manufacturing sectors, toward functions that serve a regional and localized need. These may include community teaching (in both theory and practical skills), maintenance and construction, localized economies (both currency and barter), permaculture, farming, creative inventions, regional management, community committees and more. Many farms may need to shift (or return) to organic forms of agriculture and crop growth in order to combat the rise in soil depletion. As many of us are now aware, petrochemicals and synthetic fertilizers negatively polarize the soil. While they may produce apparently abundant growth in the short term, in the long term they deplete the soil and exhaust its natural growing capability. The food produced is thus often lacking in nutrients and minerals. In short, many methods now employed will be forced, or catalyzed, into change.

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LIOS

Your best friend calls you and tells you he/she's really sick? How do you show you care?

12/07/2011

Sip hot cider & nibble seasonal treats at our next Taste of LIOS, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, at LIOS Graduate College, 4010 Lake Washington Blvd., Suite 300, Kirkland. Meet Dean of Students, Cynthia FitzGerald, & Dan Sewell, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Saybrook University. Faculty members Jeff McAuliffe & Alex Onno will guide you through a mini-LIOS class.

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Events

Human Science Conference Call for Prospective Students

12/07/2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST, join Dr. Joann McAllister, Chair of Saybrook's graduate program in Human Science, to learn how Human Science degrees can advance your career goals and create personal and professional growth. Unbound by limiting, rigid theories, Human Science applies a human-centered and interdisciplinary approach to explore the question; what does it mean to be human in the 21st century?

Human Science (HS) is a discipline rooted in the European scholarly tradition of qualitative theory. HS programs investigate issues that intersect between art, science and philosophy to discover how individuals and societies can improve their condition.

Graduates work in diverse fields, from urban violence prevention or community organizing to bioethics; they work with indigenous populations, provide alternative health care treatments to those in need and study alternative states of consciousness. Others evaluate the effectiveness of city and state government intervention programs, help develop effective school system educational programs, or teach in higher education.

Dr. McAllister has worked with non-profit organizations and government agencies, including the Office of the California Attorney General, conducting research and developing violence prevention and intervention programs to address intimate partner violence and the needs of at-risk youth. After discussing Human Science opportunities at Saybrook, she will lead a question and answer session with participants. To learn more and join the discussion, please RSVP HERE.

 

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Alumni Messenger

Alumnus Steven Kull, PhD '80 Leads Discussion on Faith and Global Policy Challenges

12/06/2011
Faith and Global Policy Challenges: How Spiritual Values Shape Views on Poverty, Nuclear Risks, and Environmental Degradation --A Study of American Believers-- Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:00 am to 10:15 am Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036-2103 Christian religious traditions have historically engaged in addressing poverty...

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Events

Mind-Body Medicine Conference Call for Prospective Students

12/05/2011

On Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, from 12:00 pm - 1:00pm PT, Dr. Donald Moss, Chair of Saybrook's Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, will host a conference call to discuss unique MBM program opportunities. Developed in conjunction with James S. Gordon, Director of the Center for Mind-Body MedicineSaybrook offers the only fully accredited master's and PhD MBM degrees in the US.

Mind-body medicine (MBM) represents a new consensus view of health and wellness that combines mainstream western medicine with alternative practice; psychological health with nutritional and behavioral change.  Together, these perspectives create more effective treatments that lead to lasting health.

Dr. Moss, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Biofeedback Institute of America and is president of the American Psychological Association of Hypnosis, is an internationally sought after trainer on Mind-Body Medicine techniques to medical professionals. After providing conference call participants information about MBM programs, he will engage prospective students in an open question and answer session. To register for the event, please RSVP HERE!

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Events

PhD Organizational Systems Program Conference Call

12/05/2011

Join Dr. Nancy Southern, Organizational Systems (OS) Co-Chair, to discuss Saybrook OS programs on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT. OS programs are designed for students that want to contribute to emerging social needs for transformative, innovative, sustainable organizational and social change.

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Global Social Justice Journal invites articles to be considered for publication

12/05/2011

The Global Social Justice Journal invites the submission of original research articles for publication. For further details including full submission guidelines, please visit the journal website.

IndexThe Global Social Justice Journal is a new Open Journal System initiative published by the Centre for International Studies at Cape Breton University http://cbu-cis.ca/. The Global Social Justice Journal disseminates peer reviewed research on all aspects of global social justice including issues of economic globalization, human rights, indigenous peoples, the environment, education, gender, class, poverty, inequality and race. The journal publishes research from disciplines including political science, philosophy, geography, economics, sociology, law, gender studies and indigenous studies. The journal welcomes the submission of articles analyzing the social impacts of markets and governments from normative or marginalized perspectives and specifically those originating in the global South. It especially welcomes the submission of articles that shed light on an otherwise neglected aspect of global social justice or that analyze alternative forms of social and political organization to the present structuring of globalization.

The Global Social Justice Journal has a commitment to the Open Access model of research dissemination and provides free public access to articles accepted for publication.

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Events

Social Transformation Concentration Conference Call for Prospective Students

12/02/2011

Saybrook provides interested learners opportunities for growth as social innovators and agents of transformative change, teaching students methods with which to consider and address critical social, political, and cultural challenges. Dr. Joel Federman, Human Science faculty member and Director of the Social Transformation Concentration, will lead an interactive conference call discussing these unique opportunities in Saybrook's transformative social change programs.

Dr. Federman's research focuses on the development of global civil society efforts aimed at realizing values including universal compassion, social justice, and peace. He will provide conference call participants information about transformative social change programs prior to engaging in a question and answer session.

Graduates of transformative social change programs have impacted change through advancement in a wide array of careers, working with NGO and NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo, developing corporate-community partnerships to further environmental education, working in an innovative rape prevention program in South Africa, and teaching in the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, and Peace Studies. To learn more, please RVSP now!

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LIOS

Your best friend calls you and tells you he/she's really sick? How do you show you care?

12/01/2011

What an exciting place to work! LIOS Graduate College offers some amazing things and you don't need to be a student here to attend. Dan Leahy, former president, will lead the next session of the LIOS Leadership Workshop series called: Results-Focused Communication. The all-day session will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at LIOS, 4010 Lake Washington Blvd, NE, Suite 300, Kirkland. Discount for early registration and for LIOS alumni.

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University

Saybrook faculty member George Kent publishes two new books on food production

12/01/2011

 

GkphotoSaybrook Professor George Kent - who teaches STR 6585 "The Human Right to Adequate Food" - has published Ending Hunger Worldwide, a book that challenges the naïve notion that everyone wants hunger to end. Rather, hunger ensures that some people will work for very low pay, so employers make good profits and consumers enjoy cheap goods. Hunger analysts typically focus on agriculture yields and interventions with capsules and supplements. They rarely acknowledge that hunger is a deeply social issue that is shaped by the ways in which people treat each other. 1594518920_cf150The central concept that drives the book is that in strong communities, people don’t go hungry. Strong communities have high levels of concern about one another’s well-being. People may provide food to one another when that is necessary, but more fundamentally, they ensure that all have decent opportunities to provide for themselves.There is no shortage of food in the world; there is a shortage of opportunities.

Kent's other recent publication, Regulating Infant Formula, assesses the widespread assumption that the government or some international agency is monitoring the quality of infant formula. Government agencies sometimes raise alarms when a batch of formula is seriously Regulating Cover Sm contaminated, but they are not monitoring the product to ensure the health of children. More than half the infant formula used in the U.S. is provided by the government, at no cost to the families. The government monitors the economic impact on the manufacturers, but not the impact on the health of children. It has been estimated that more than 900 children in the U.S. die each year because they have been fed with infant formula.

Professor Kent was invited last year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to speak on Ending on Hunger Worldwide for its Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition. The report from this event is available as a pdf for download.

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