Vision in Action: Working with Soul & Spirit in Small Organizations

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SteinerBooks, 1996 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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How can we foster the development of initiatives? How can enterprises such as community projects, schools, farms, and businesses be well founded? How can we work as equals, sharing responsibilities, encouraging one another in our development, and offering a high-quality product or service?

Vision in Action is a workbook for those involved in social creation in collaborative actions that can influence the social environment in which we live and where our ideas and actions can matter.

This is a user-friendly, hands-on guide for developing healthy small organizations ones with soul and spirit.

Chapters:
  • The Human Being and Organizational Life
  • The Conscious Development of Initiatives
  • Starting Initiatives
  • Getting Going: The Growing Pains and Childhood Diseases of Initiatives
  • Ways of Working together in the Developing Organization
  • Re-creating the Organization: Vision, Mission, and Long-Range Planning
  • Development and Fund-raising
  • Initiatives and Individual Development
  • Signs of Hope: Imaginations for the Future


"A well-written exposition of organizational development and the problems that groups tend to encounter as they progress. I highly recommend it to anyone in the field." Caroline Estes, cofounder of Alpha Farm and master facilitator

"This well thought-out book breathes life into the worn-out concept of vision. One finds in it an enlivening imagination of how to develop new initiatives. Like all worthwhile advice, it is based on hard-won life experience. Work with this book and you will find heal help in developing small organizations." Robert Michael Burnside, Director, Organizational Development Products, Center for Creative Leadership
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Contents

Introduction to the Second Revised Edition
9
The Conscious Development of Initiatives
27
Starting Initiatives
59
The Growing Pains
86
Ways of Working Together
102
Funding Initiatives
127
Development and Fundraising
182
Initiatives and Individual Development
203
Imaginations for the Future
218
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About the author (1996)

Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D., is a founding member of the Social Science Section of the Goetheanum School of Spiritual Science in North America, a faculty member at Sunbridge College, and Director of the Waldorf School Administration and Community Development program. He is also an organization development consultant, and the Executive Director of High Tor Alliance.

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