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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Degree Program

Education (also CAGS)

Year Degree Awarded

2016

Month Degree Awarded

May

First Advisor

Ernest D. Washington

Second Advisor

Daniel S. Gerber

Third Advisor

Laura A. Valdiviezo

Subject Categories

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

Abstract

ABSTRACT

TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING

FACILITATED DIALOGUE: AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

AN AUTOETHNOLOGY

MAY 2016

LESLIE A. SAULSBERRY, B.S., BENNETT COLLEGE

M.P.A., RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Ed.M., COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Ed.D., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

Directed by: Dr. Ernest D. Washington

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.

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