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Rethinking Complexity

The Evolving Notion of “City Center”

11/19/2013
The Evolving Notion of “City Center”
The notion of city is morphing, including how it is structured and how it functions as a center of commerce. As they have done down through the ages, cities today are continuing to evolve. They are developing new forms of society and methods of commerce by weaving people and digital technology into dynamic systems not tied to a particular locale. These new forms are sociotechnological ecologies that enhance people and their livelihoods by collectively untethering them from geography and time zones. The emerging Information Age cities, while being part of a common human social trajectory, are...

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New Existentialists

Waxing Existential: The Dangers of the Creative Process, Part Two

11/19/2013
Waxing Existential: The Dangers of the Creative Process, Part Two
In The Courage to Create (1975), May stated: In human beings courage is necessary to make being and becoming possible. An assertion of the self, a commitment, is essential if the self is to have any reality.… Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values.… It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values. (p. 13) In his book, Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy (1956) wrote: The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph...

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New Existentialists

The Future Is Now

11/18/2013
The Future Is Now
During the past year, The New Existentialists featured a series of articles focusing on the future of existential psychology. But key to the growth of this third force in psychology is youth. In a new essay now available to the New Existentialists' library, Shawn Rubin details the events from the HECTOR project—Humanistic Existential Constructivist Transpersonal Organizing Retreat—and the Fourth Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference in 2011, where the focus was on supporting the students and early career psychologists in existential-humanistic psychology as the...

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Rethinking Complexity

A New Era for the Practice of Organizational Development

11/16/2013
A New Era for the Practice of Organizational Development
It has been a little over 45 years since the term Organization Development (OD) was first used in print to refer to that distinctive profession and consulting practice which aims to help organizations become more effective by means of systematic interventions focusing on organizational culture, processes and structure.  During its short history, the OD profession has maintained a predominant focus on whole system interventions that serve the purpose of aligning organizational structure, strategy, culture, and processes to optimize organizational performance. This focus on alignment...

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Rethinking Complexity

A New Era for the Practice of Organization Development

11/16/2013
A New Era for the Practice of Organization Development
It has been a little over 45 years since the term Organization Development (OD) was first used in print to refer to that distinctive profession and consulting practice which aims to help organizations become more effective by means of systematic interventions focusing on organizational culture, processes and structure.  During its short history, the OD profession has maintained a predominant focus on whole system interventions that serve the purpose of aligning organizational structure, strategy, culture, and processes to optimize organizational performance. This focus on alignment...

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New Existentialists

Hating the Haters

11/15/2013
Hating the Haters
Is it possible to shame the intolerant into tolerance? In diversity class back in the graduate school days, the other students and I at some point concluded the only acceptable intolerance was for the intolerant or for intolerance itself. We abdicated responsibility for listening to bigots of any stripe or for accepting that they might be good people—making them easier to label and dismiss. King observed that the powerful never make concessions to the public good; we have to go out and wrest concessions from them. In certain advocacy communities, this ethos is embodied in hate for the...

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Rethinking Complexity

Increase Productivity Through Passion & Freedom

11/14/2013
Increase Productivity Through Passion & Freedom
Greater productivity should be a goal of just about every organization. It is often challenged, however, by ever-tightening budgets and low employee morale. Nevertheless, increasing productivity can be accomplished without a lot of money and ultimately result in raising employee engagement. To do this, nothing works better than appealing to people’s intrinsic motivation and letting them decide how best to do the work. It is this combination of aligning people’s passion with the work they do and giving them the freedom on how to do it that results in greater productivity. As stated...

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New Existentialists

One Fateful Day in November

11/14/2013
One Fateful Day in November
I was just 9½ years old that fateful day in November 1963. It was a typical November day for south Texas with the sun shining brightly and comfortable breezes blowing off the Gulf taking the edge off the warm temperatures. My class had just finished reading and was about to start science when the school principal walked into the classroom and moved briskly towards our teacher. For a few seconds the two men huddled in whispers until finally our teacher said, “Kids, Mr. Wehling has something to tell you.” Then came the news—President Kennedy had been killed in Dallas....

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New Existentialists

The Courage to Seek: An Awakening Journey of Being: Part Four: Being Awakened

11/13/2013
The Courage to Seek: An Awakening Journey of Being: Part Four: Being Awakened
Over the course of the past seven months, I have been asked countless times by loved ones, friends, co-workers and strangers, “So what have you learned?” (by moving to the Bay Area). While most may be expecting some concrete answers on theories and concepts of therapy, and useful therapeutic skills or tools, I find that my answer is often abstract, but more far-reaching. Perhaps what Schneider and Krug (2010) described as existential humanism, the “process of becoming and knowing oneself,” (p. 5) is the closest representation of what I have gained in this journey. And...

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Creating Ripples: Reflections on the Realities of Military Combat and Posttraumatic Stress in Our Veterans

11/12/2013
Creating Ripples: Reflections on the Realities of Military Combat and Posttraumatic Stress in Our Veterans
Traumatic stress reactions and related disorders comprise some of the most prominent human afflictions in the world today, especially with the pervasiveness of war and terrorism.  In the past three decades there has been growing public interest and focus on the impact of traumatic events on humanity.  This interest has been reflected in a growing body of research investigating this impact, especially in the context of military combat, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and professions such as public safety work that have a high probability for exposure to critical incidents and...

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