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Rethinking Complexity

Organizational Narrative in a Time of Scarcity

07/02/2012
Organizational Narrative in a Time of Scarcity
For the organizations that survived the Great Recession of 2008-2009, growth seems to be the dominant theme. Is this a sign that we are past the scarcity introduced by the recession or is it just a form of coping with economic limitations? Most organizations in the US experienced revenue shrinkage ranging from 15% to 40% during the period of2008 to 2010. This shrinkage translated into stopping most investments, diminishing capabilities due to layoffs, greater amount of work and related stress for remaining employees, wage reductions and emphasis on short term strategies. There have been many...

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New Existentialists

Community for the 21st Century

07/02/2012
Community for the 21st Century
The word “community,” and the phrases “building community” or “creating community” are constantly bandied about in our 21st century Western life, but this “community” often feels very different from our forebearers’ notion. In the past, and even now, in some places, community existed within the clearly defined boundaries of physical or institutional structures. We might speak of a community as a group of people living in a particular geographic region, who might come together to work for the common benefit of the residents. Or we might speak of a religious community, in which all members are...

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Interdisciplinary Inquiry

New Social Media Site Launched for Activists

07/02/2012

Lokashakti, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, is dedicated to promoting peace and social justice through collective nonviolent action. Lokashakti recently announced the launch of a new social media site for activists, the Lokashakti Peace & Social Justice Network. Unlike other social media, the Lokashakti Network is noncommercial and exists mainly to facilitate real-world activism, embodying the phrase, “Think globally, act locally.”  

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Alumni Messenger

Sacred Sexuality: A Path to Self-Awareness

06/29/2012
Dr. Ellie Zarrabian
Saybrook Psychology Alumna Dr. Ellie Zarrabian (Ph.D. 2010) is a third generation Shamanic Healer and the Founder and Spiritual Director of Centerpeace Foundation - A Holistic Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Dr. Zarrabian incorporates her Shamanic roots from the Sufi/Jewish tradition in Iran with her background in Transpersonal Psychology to help bring health and wellness to...

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New Existentialists

Mark Yang: Living a Taoist Model of Leadership in Existential Psychology

06/29/2012
Mark Yang: Living a Taoist Model of Leadership in Existential Psychology
Over the last five-years, I have worked closely with Mark Yang and Xuefu Wang on developing existential psychology in China. This has been the most rewarding, transforming, and important work of my career. We have been deeply blessed with success, and now I think it is fair to claim that there is nowhere in the world where existential psychology is growing at a more rapid pace than in China. We have always believed that this work was as important for the United States and Western psychology as it was for China. Our often-stated purpose is that we hope to identify indigenous Chinese...

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Rethinking Complexity

Humanizing Machiavelli and His Concept of a Good Leader

06/29/2012
Humanizing Machiavelli and His Concept of a Good Leader
I'm going to make a bold, sacrilegious assertion in a sea of humanistic theorists: I believe Niccolò Machiavelli had it right when he defined leadership 499 years ago. ...Well, he did, in a bare bones sort of way. At the very least, he set a foundation for the plethora of leadership theories that exist today. Work with me here, all right. I intend to deconstruct Niccolò's basic theory before bringing him into the 21st century. When Machiavelli retreated to his Florentine study in 1513 and feverishly jotted down his abstract reflections on how the world ought to be in his...

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New Existentialists

Truth and Beauty

06/28/2012
Truth and Beauty
An object seen from a distance reveals only its principle. --Frank Herbert Beauty is truth and truth beauty. --John Keats I've been asking people to try to embody beauty. That is, when you experience something as beautiful how do you feel? What is that like? This is part of my accelerating quest to encounter the world as a human. Too often I feel alienated. Like I am in the world differently. Like I cannot relate entirely to your experience, nor can you to mine. But, Like Commander Data on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” I seek to become more than my programming, to be in the world in a way...

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Rethinking Complexity

Creating a Remote Office: A Web of Workplace Conversations

06/28/2012
Creating a Remote Office: A Web of Workplace Conversations
I spent this past week in Washington state’s Hood Canal region, a rural area dominated by exquisite vistas of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. I travelled there from California to get out of the hectic, stressful, 24/7 work atmosphere of my university campus office. While I had to check email, chat with colleagues and students when needed, and keep my work projects progressing, the change of locale allowed me to shift my work style and pace, and intersperse my job tasks with hikes, artwork, and daydreaming.  "Unwinding" in this manner actually enabled me to work...

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Rethinking Complexity

Healing Places: Learning and Leading for the Re-enchantment of our World

06/27/2012
Healing Places: Learning and Leading for the Re-enchantment of our World
There are events in your life that mark you—moments when you realize that you have learned a lesson and are ready for a new challenge. I have been working as change agent linking education, business, and sustainability together for the last 15 years. I have dedicated much of my work to creating learning communities, facilitating dialogue and collaboration, and developing leadership capacities to respond to the socio-ecological challenges and opportunities of our aching world. At the core of my work is a very human quest to find meaning in life—to align work, learning, and joy of...

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New Existentialists

God Is a Rorschach

06/27/2012
God Is a Rorschach
God is a Rorschach, amused hermetic pouring out soured milk of the white flower into the needing world, clouds spreading white ink blots on a thin, blue parchment sky. One could lie on their back for hours, just like children, and tell stories about their dreams. If young enough, they believe their dreams, yet - believe even more in the shapeshift. Some see symmetry, a thunderhead with shoulders, two armies on either side bowing and charging along with manifest destiny winds into a Manichean cyclone of opposition and holy war. Others see love floating lopsided, grinding, or raining back down...

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