Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World Bookcover

Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World

Editors: Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, John Baugher, and Karin Jironet (Emerald Group Publishing, 2016)

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Descriptions: Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald Group Publishing) asks readers to consider, "What is my role in creating healthy organizations and a healthy world?" and then provides them with the frameworks and tools to explore that challenge, finding a path through the complexities of today and taking action and contributing to what works. The book proposes practical questions that can be used for dialogue and action among leaders, policy makers, corporate sustainability officers, and organizational consultants as they consider the interconnections between leadership and sustainability and between the long-term viability of the planet and organizational development.

Creative Social Change is rooted in interviews with five prominent thought leaders — Robert Quinn, Otto Scharmer, Edgar Schein, Peter Senge, and Margaret Wheatley — who discuss their work in organizational and societal development. Readers will then discover contributions on what is needed for change from longstanding creative scholar-practitioners, such as Riane Eisler and Karl-Henrik Robèrt, as well as new voices. The book concludes with several case studies from around the world (including Latin America, Asia, the United States, New Zealand, and Africa) that readers can thoughtfully consider.

According to Editor Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, "In the face of any human or cultural tendencies to focus on what doesn't work, we can choose to contribute to what does, to planting seeds for the future. Perhaps this is core to health: finding ways to appreciate the current moment while contributing to people and actions that we sense to be towards life, rather than focusing on making do, making money, or doing what we believe to be required of us."

Unlike organizational effectiveness, which suggests something that works really well like a machine or a computer, organizational health is more fitting for our living, humanly-constructed societies—communities with heart and consciousness. No one would wish for ineffective action or leadership, but effectiveness on its own does not create a vital, dynamic organization, community, or world. If you, your organization, or your community is investing in leadership and sustainability, this book is for you.

Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World is available from Emerald Group Publishing or your favorite local or online bookstore.

Check out the webinar on Leadership for a Healthy World.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Lord John Alderdice

  1. Introduction - Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Part One: The Ground: Foundations from Thought Leaders – Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

  1. Visions of a Healthy World: Views from Thought Leaders – Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, with Margaret Wheatley, Otto Scharmer, Ed Schein, Robert E. Quinn and Peter Senge

Part Two: Air and Water: What Flows LivesKarin Jironet and John Eric Baugher

  1. Reframing Organizational and Social Change: From Domination to Partnership –  Riane Eisler
  2. Ecological Consciousness, Moral Imagination, and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development John Eric Baugher, Walter Osika and Karl-Henrik Robert
  3. Use it or Lose it: About Leadership Ethics in the United Nations – Karin Jironet
  4. Leadership for the Greater Good: Developing Indicators of Societal and Environmental Health – Samuel G. Wilson
  5. Developing Rational Leadership in Africa – Charles J. Palus, Steadman Harrison III and Joshua Prasad

Part Three: Seeds and Plants: Local Case Studies – John Eric Baugher and Karin Jironet

  1. The Inner Practice of Community Development: Embracing Deep Democracy in Mexico –  Patricia A. Wilson
  2. Sumak Kawsay among Indigenous Women Leaders of Ecuador – Carolina Bown
  3. Kiwi Ways of Leading: How 30 New Zealand Government Chief Executives Are Encouraging Healtheir CulturesJane McCann
  4. 'The Arts are Not a Luxury': The Arts as a Source of Community in California –  Barbara Rose Shuler
  5. Strengthening Communities through Adaptive Leadership: A Case Study of the Kansas Leadership Center and the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center – Max Klau and Jill Hufnagel
  6. Women and Leadership in Rwanda, Emerging Transformation: The Spiritual, Social, and Political Dimensions of Transmuting Suffering –  Eliane Ubalijoro, Bagwiza Jacequeline Uwizeyimana and Marilyn Verghis
  7. A Living, Healthy World: Implications for Thought and Action – Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, John Eric Baugher, and Karin Jironet


Hope, Power, and Responsibility: Creating Healthy Societies

Despite the complex problems we are faced with in the 21st century, the bubbling cauldron of life continues to nourish creative, powerful efforts towards a healthy world. These problems are often referred to as wicked because they hold unsolvable contradictions, involve interconnected complex systems and cannot be easily addressed. Building on their writing in the ILA's 2016 Building Leadership Bridges volume Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler and Eliane Ubalijoro will dialogue about what each of us can do to harness our hope, power and responsibility to contribute to growing the leadership needed to co-create healthy societies.

Kathryn and Eliane will explore how our personal and collective leadership shape the interconnections among leadership, sustainability, the long-term viability of the planet, societal wellbeing, and organizational development. As foundations for our dialogue, Kathryn will discuss highlights of the book and share her action research on influencing culture change in a large Student Affairs organization through mindfulness moments, while Eliane will discuss her work advising emerging countries on green growth pathways as well as how she has been bringing leadership insights to her public-private partnerships consultations related to technology, science, and innovation. Together they will ask: What are we engaging in to really have an impact? What is the quality of presence that we need to bring? How is this informed by our suffering?

They will incorporate and move beyond the interviews with key thought-leaders from the book — Otto Scharmer, Edgar Schein, Peter Senge, Robert Quinn, and Meg Wheatley — to look at concrete examples of how we influence teams, organizations, and even societies through leadership that engenders hope while acknowledging our own responsibility. They will also discuss the importance of balancing feminine and masculine leadership styles for the 21st century in the context of Eliane's contribution to Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World, on Women and Leadership in Rwanda.

Intended Audience Leaders, policy makers, corporate sustainability officers, organizational consultants as well as Leadership scholars and practitioners with an interest in resilient ecosystems, social innovation, transmuting suffering and contributing to global joy.


Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is a sociologist, organizational consultant, and somatic educator, supporting leaders in moving with awareness through challenging change. She has helped hundreds of executives to cultivate healthy organizations and creates learning about leadership, ethics, sustainability, research, and consulting skills for graduate students as a professor of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Dr. Goldman Schuyler has published widely on mindfulness, leadership, and change and is the author/editor of the ILA's 2016 Building Leadership Bridges book CREATIVE SOCIAL CHANGE: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald, 2016), as well as it 2014 volume LEADING WITH SPIRIT, PRESENCE, AND AUTHENTICITY. In her private practice, she teaches children and adults with mild to severe neuro-motor challenges to move, learn, and live well. Dr. Goldman Schuyler earned her doctorate in sociology from Columbia University following a Fulbright Fellowship in Paris, and lives with her husband in San Francisco. Many of her articles can be downloaded from her website

Eliane Ubalijoro is the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., a consulting group harnessing global networks for sustainable systems development. She is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development. She is a member of Rwanda's National Science and Technology Council. Eliane has given a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. She is a Founding Signatory of the Fuji Declaration that was launched in Japan in May 2015. She has contributed to the Leading Thoughts section of the New York Times in Education online platform. In 2016, Eliane co-lead a scoping exercise on Current and Future Science Leadership Development Needs for the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa. She was a mentor for the first Global Women in Science Leadership Workshop held at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity by the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. More recently, she contributed to a panel on Strengthening the Interplay between Discovery and Innovation at the invitation of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. ×