Redefining Theory and Practice to Guide Social Transformation
Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Joan Camilo Lopez
This book highlights a participatory action research (PAR) approach to working with communities to guide social change, especially transitioning out of conflict. Fisher-Yoshida and Lopez worked with youth and community leaders to combine local knowledge of the unique contexts they are in, with practical theoretical approaches from the academy, to co-create truly innovative approaches. In true partnership they forged meaningful relationships and have been working together for more than eight years. The voices of these leaders are represented in the book through examples and cases of the work they have been doing. There is a step-by-step process outlined in the book that is easily adaptable to any social transformation project.
Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM)
Ilene Wasserman and Beth Fisher-Yoshida
This book is foundational for all who would like to understand and apply CMM practices and principles to their work, research and lives. It is written in an accessible style and filled with scenarios and case examples, plus illustrations of the CMM models in use.
The Reflective, Facilitative and Interpretive Practices of the Coordinated Management of Meaning: Making Lives, Making Meaning
Cate Creede, Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Placida V. Gallegos, Editors
This compilation written by CMM practitioners, showcases practical applications of the theory of Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). In the facilitation section, CMM creates dynamics within groups leading toward improved ways of working together; in the interpretation section CMM offers alternative frames to interpret interactions with one another; and in the reflection section CMM is a means to reflect on experiences and interactions to deeper levels of understanding and learning. CMM is grounded in social constructionism, takes a communication perspective and provides concepts and tools for making better social worlds.
Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing the Next Generation for the Borderless Business World
Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Kathy Dee Geller
Leaders and managers of all cultures are being called on with greater frequency to assume leadership roles in other countries or to lead diverse multicultural teams in their own countries. This book advises readers on how leaders may learn to experience the world with different lenses; realize what they need to know; find new ways to communicate; and be resilient in the face of this unique challenge. This powerful guide lights the way for those seeking to develop their people’s proficiency in leading globally, while respecting, embracing, and leveraging local cultural differences toward better performance, teamwork, employee satisfaction, and results.
Innovations in Transformative Learning
Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Kathy Dee Geller and Steven A. Schapiro, Editors
This book addresses the disparity between transformative learning theory as espoused and practiced in the classrooms of the academy, and its application beyond. It articulates new models of transformative education that integrate transformative learning theory with other models of change and development. Organized around the themes of creating space for learning; looking through the lenses of culture, diversity, and difference; and animating awareness through the expressive and performative arts, this collection will broaden awareness and aid scholars, students, and practitioners in using transformative learning as an approach to adult learning and social and organizational change in a range of settings.