Edited By Hua Wang
This volume illuminates the complexity of our modern era, exploring how society can leverage exciting new opportunities whilst recognizing the complex challenges we face in a time of constant change. It helps us understand how we have come to this point and where we may be going so that we may study the opportunities and the dangers, the chances and the risks, that digital media pose in our quest for some version of «the good life».
Chapter Fourteen: Liberating Structures: Engaging Everyone to Build a Good Life Together
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Engaging Everyone to Build a Good Life Together
HENRI LIPMANOWICZ, LIBERATING STRUCTURES PRESS, USAARVIND SINGHAL, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO, USAKEITH MCCANDLESS, LIBERATING STRUCTURES PRESS, USAHUA WANG, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO,THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, USA
“…The world is changed through small, elegant shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, conference, and relate to each other. The genius of this [Liberating Structures approach]…is how it puts in the hands of every leader and every citizen the facilitative power that was once reserved for the trained expert.” Peter Block on liberating structures (Lipmanowicz & McCandless, 2014, back cover).
Have you been to classrooms with rows of tables and chairs neatly arranged, the students sitting there with their fingers glued to the smartphone while “the sage on the stage” is lecturing away—a lot of bodies that are present but minds that may be absent? Have you been to meetings where discussions are managed by the chair and the entire group spends the whole time listening to just one person talking—perhaps too much is said yet too little is accomplished? These are challenges that we, as communication professors, researchers, and practitioners, face routinely in our professional lives. In this chapter, we discuss the limitations of traditional group communication methods and present Liberating Structures as an alternative or complementary approach to unleash the potential of everyone, increase work efficiency and productivity,...
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