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Creating a World That Works for All
 
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STUDY GUIDE
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“CREATING A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL”

"Creating a World That Works For All" is being used by a variety of teachers, professors and academics in disciplines as diverse as cultural anthropology, biology, politics and philosophy.  This is a holistic, multidisciplinary book, relevant to a number of different areas of study.

This Study Guide shows ways "Creating a World That Works For All" can be used in various disciplines.  The Study Guide is not designed to be exhaustive, but to hint at ways in which you as an educator and learning professional can use “Creating” to stimulate your students to become leaders in the Third Millennium.
 


 
ECONOMICS
DIVERSITY and 
ETHNIC STUDIES
ECOLOGY
· What would an economic system based on "inclusivity" look like?  How would it function? · What are the similarities and differences between “diversity” and “inclusivity” as concepts? · What fuels our present environmental crisis?
· What would an economic system based on “enoughness” look like?  How would it function? (pgs. 154-158) · Who is your “Other”?  What mechanisms do we use to separate from “Other”? · What is our ecological “story”?  How can it be changed to one which is functional?  (pgs. 109-132)
· What would happen if educational institutions advocated “enoughness” over “acquisition” as our economic goal? (pgs. 154-158) · Who considers you to be the “Other”?  Why?  How do they see your behavior as separating? · What are the similarities and differences between the concepts of “inclusivity” and “deep ecology”?
· Can we create a society of enoughness?  (pgs. 189-191) · How can you use the “Nine Steps to Include the Other” (pgs. 81-83) to break down class, racial and ideological barriers? · How is connection to place important to an ecological outlook?  (pgs. 169-173)
Will the economic changes proposed lead to a transformation of society?  (pgs. 189-191)  · How do the concepts of “Breakers” and “Menders" change our perception of the world? · What is the relationship between “enoughness” and ecology?

 
RELIGION
THEOLOGY SPIRITUALITY
POLITICAL SCIENCE
COMMUNICATION CONFLICT RESOLUTION
SOCIOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY
· How has religion been used as a force for social change, both positive and negative?  · Which conflict resolution tools are based on the “I am separate” story? · Is individuality a reality or a “delusion of consciousness”?  (pgs. 9-25)
· What would a society that actually practiced its main religious tenets look like?  Has such a society ever existed?  Is one possible now? · “Creating” says that concepts like “capitalism”, “communism” and even “democracy” may be outmoded and irrelevant.  Do you agree?  What would take their place? · Our collective behavior is destructive of each other, the planet and our children’s futures.  How did we get to this point?
· As Vaclav Havel indicates in the book’s Introduction, is there a broad common ground among the world’s religions?  (pgs. vii-x) What is it?  What are the implications of this common ground?  What are the obstacles to achieving it? · “Creating” refers to our collective problems as “The Mess”: is the collectivization of problems accurate?  What would you add to the list of social problems (pg. 30).  How are the elements of “The Mess” interrelated?  · We may be in the beginnings of a species shift:  from homo sapiens sapiens to homo sapiens holonus. What are the implications of such a shift?
· What are examples of inclusive and exclusive religions?  Which path holds the most promise in the 21st Century? · Urban Studies:  Is “the Camden Story” (pgs. 35-39) true for sections of most American urban areas?  How would you change this picture? · “Suicide is political” (pg. 42)  Do you agree or disagree that suicide and other psychological ills are rooted in the dysfunction of our governing systems?
· What inspires us to make changes in our lives? · What is our current political story?  How is it dysfunctional? How does our current story compare to the “Seven Elements of Successful Story” (pgs. 118-119). · How do we diagnose and treat the “Four Symptoms of Spiritual Starvation” (pgs. 55-61).  Do we treat these as individual problems or larger social ills?
· Is ours a compassionate society?  Is there a difference between “exclusive” and “inclusive” compassion? (pgs. 159-168) · Does the Mender Story work as a framework for a 21st Century story? (pgs.121-132) How would you modify it?  · Researchers have found that we perceive what we are trained to see.  How are we trained to see the Breaker Story?
· Do our current religions disconnect us from Mystery?  Is there a way to reconnect? (Pgs. 180-183) · Can we create a Politics of Fulfillment?  (pgs. 187-189) How can we commit to such a society?  (pgs. 203-211) · What are the elements of “psychological coherence” (pg. 139)?
· Can we create a Society of the Spirit?  (pgs. 191-195) · In what ways can we change our communication styles to reflect a more inclusive society? · Does psychology offer ways to change destructive stories?

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