Category Archives: Social change

Action Research: Social Research for Social Change

How do social researchers know how to select the action research (AR) approach that is most appropriate for their study? Aimed at providing newcomers to AR with the different approaches they seek, Introduction to Action Research, 2/e introduces the history, … Continue reading

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Education, Participatory Action Research and Social Change

Drawing primarily from critical traditions in social and educational research, this book frames contemporary issues and several conceptual, theoretical-analytical and onto-epistemmic approaches towards the development and practice of PAR (Participatory Action Research) in multiple educational spaces and initiatives for socio-cultural … Continue reading

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Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership: Leveraging Nonlinear Science to Create Ecologies of Innovation

Using leadership to generate greater innovation, connectivity, and organizational transformation is crucial for success in this challenging era. The authors present here a new approach to leadership based on findings from complexity science. Integrating real case studies with rigorous research … Continue reading

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Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship – Adding Social Value through Systems Thinking

This ground-breaking volume explores social entrepreneurship from the perspective of complexity science and systems thinking. Case studies, models, simulations, and theoretical papers advance both theory and practice, providing an innovative and comprehensive look at these dynamic topics. Written by complexity … Continue reading

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Community Gardening As Social Action

Drawing on social movement theory, the thesis investigates the ways community gardeners in these organizations approach environmental and social justice issues and considers the relationships between community gardening and wider movements. In particular, the thesis considers the political logic of … Continue reading

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The social business

Almost all leadership concepts start with the assumption that a key role for the leader is to set a direction. This usually means designing and communicating a vision and a set of goals. Traditionally, the roles of vision and goals … Continue reading

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On Emergent Leadership

“Without an active leader who takes responsibility for building a network, spontaneous connection between groups emerges very slowly, or not at all.” So, what are the five key elements of Emergent Leadership? 1. Encourage/ stimulate lots of actors (help build … Continue reading

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Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression

Many people live in countries with governments that can be identified as dictatorships, or less harshly, authoritarian regimes. Usually, most of the people in those countries would like their oppressive regime to be replaced by a more democratic and free … Continue reading

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Beyond Consensus or Majority: Notes about Decision-Making in a Leaderless Movement

On October 18th I participated in the general assembly meeting in OccupyOakland. On October 22nd I posted a piece about that experience, which I named In Search of Dialogue. Even before writing that piece I have been engaging in my … Continue reading

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The Stigmergic Revolution

It was long believed that the queen played a central role in the complex social order of an ant colony, through the exercise of direct command and control over her subjects. Not so. Biologist Pierre-Paul Grasse coined the term “stigmergy” … Continue reading

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