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Chapter One: A Transdisciplinary view with Intradisciplinary Effects

Glocer Fiorini, Leticia Karnac Books ePub

Discourses and narratives

Figures and counter-figures of the feminine and masculine extend throughout the history of civilisation and culture and their diverse subcultures. Difference between the sexes was and is conceptualised in different ways in the course of history, in different societies, disciplines, and theories, although their points in common are also worthy of note. Social, cultural, biomedical, and technological changes in recent decades (the “new families”, assisted fertilisation, virtual sex, and sex change surgeries) update questions posed since Antiquity that induce us to rethink the notion of sexual difference. This is accelerated by the vertiginous development of phenomena of globalisation, communication, and informatics.

In A History of Women in the West, Duby and Perrot (1994) bring up a singular and suggestive point when they question whether there is really a history of women and how they relate to thought concerning sexual difference. In their opinion, there is development and mutation in the evolution of thinking about the difference between the sexes that has been affecting Western culture since the Greeks. This thinking oscillates between figures—Athenian, Baroque—of mixtures such as the androgyne, the hermaphrodite, the transvestite, part of one in the other made possible, and classically reassuring figures with radical differences: two species with their own characteristics, objects of intuitive recognition more than scientific knowledge.

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8. Yesterday and Today

Joseph E. Early, Jr. University of North Texas Press PDF

CHAPTER 8

YESTERDAY

AND TODAY

THE FINAL DECADES OF the nineteenth century were periods of transformation and controversy for Texas Baptists. The denomination’s forefathers who established the Baptist presence in Texas were slowly passing from the scene. This change in leadership was embodied in the rising influence of B. H. Carroll, J. M. Carroll, R.

C. Buckner, J. B. Gambrell, and J. B. Cranfill. These five men personified the vision of the new BGCT, and their presence dominated

Texas Baptist life for several decades. Moreover, Samuel Augustus

Hayden was also a leader in Texas Baptist life who took a significant leadership role in the BGCT’s years of transformation. Hayden’s inability to garner the support necessary to change the course of denominational life led to the continuation and escalation of a controversy that was already in motion. Although Hayden eventually failed, this study supports several new conclusions regarding him and his role in Texas Baptist life between 1877 and 1901.

The Hayden Controversy began well before Hayden arrived in

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15. The Conference Model

Holman, Peggy Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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The Conference Model

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

—Helen Keller

Redesigning Three Divisions of a Major U.S.Bank

A major U.S. bank involved employees, customers, and suppliers to redesign three divisions. In each case, hundreds of people participated in a series of two-day conferences where they identified their dreams for the future, examined customer relationships, identified how to improve critical organizational disconnects, and designed new organizational processes and structures.

The results: The Human Resources Division provided better service to its internal customers, the Mortgage Lending Division reduced costs by 25 percent and was named the corporation’s Service Center of the Year, and the Home Equity Division saved millions of dollars. The organization went on to use what they learned from their Conference Model® experiences to engage employees in subsequent mergers and acquisitions.

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10 Implementation: Organizational Level

McLean, Gary Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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OVERVIEW At the organizational level, the most important interventions improve strategic thinking and strategic alignment. Important OD contributions to this process included in this chapter are organization design; company-wide survey; learning organization; organizational learning; culture change; accountability and reward systems; succession planning; valuing differences/diversity; mission, vision, values, and philosophy development; strategic planning; large-scale interactive events; open systems mapping; future search; and open space technology meetings.

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e turn now to those interventions that are intended to impact the whole organization. As recognized in Chapter 5, however, within systems theory, all of the levels covered in the preceding chapters also impact the whole organization in some way. Although I have categorized the interventions to fit into different levels of targets of impact, the distinction in levels (and thus in these chapters) is somewhat artificial.

Implementation targeted specifically at the organizational level is one more aspect of the implementation phase, as identified in Figure 10.1.

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Appendix A Tools for SMART Schools

Anne E. Conzemius Solution Tree Press ePub

This appendix includes examples, guides, templates, and tools to support the information in The Handbook for SMART School Teams (Second Edition). The various items are referenced in the chapters of the book and are organized according to the chapter sequence.

Table A.1: Sample Size Chart

Table A.2: Gap Analysis Survey

High School Climate Survey

Table A.3: Runs Table

Figure A.1: SMART goal tree diagram for climate

Figure A.2: SMART goal tree diagram for elementary reading.

Figure A.3: SMART goal tree diagram for middle school analytical thinking.

Figure A.4: SMART goal tree diagram for high school writing.

Table A.4: Sample School Improvement Annual Planning and Reporting Document

SMART School Improvement Process Planning Guide

Table A.1: Sample Size Chart

Table A.2: Gap Analysis Survey

Grade: (circle one)     9      10      11      12

Gender: (circle one)   Male           Female

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