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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Education (EdD)
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Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Ernest D. Washington
Daniel S. Gerber
Laura A. Valdiviezo
Leadership Studies | Organization Development | Other Education | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Public Health | Public Policy | Social Policy
It is my goal, through this autoethnography, to take you through a reflective journey and present to you my personal theory of how facilitated dialogue in the context of transformative learning, critical reflection, systems thinking, shared vision, and holarchy can create a paradigm shift in our personal consciousness, decisions, behaviors, practice, and social policies—social change. My objective is to show how each theory is like a stepping-stone in the path towards social change.
The purpose of this living work is to offer an alternative way of creating a healthy and whole society by exploring how facilitated dialogue can lead to the desired goal of social change. The ideas discussed throughout this document—namely the web of life, re-envisioning through shared vision—life through interruption, and new model, provide us with an opportunity to better understand how individuals can engage in a more empathetic and conscious way of being and connecting with one another, taking into consideration that we share a common world view that lies at the core desire of each human being—a whole, safe, healthy, secure, and light filled life experience. This document is offered as a living blueprint for a practical application for the creation of a healthy and whole society.
Saulsberry, Leslie A., "Transformative Learning Facilitated Dialogue: as a Tool for Social Change An Autoethnography" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations. 664.
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