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54. Gemeinsinn-Werkstatt: Project Framework for Community Spirit

Holman, Peggy Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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Project Framework for

Community Spirit

Enough words have been exchanged; now at last let me see some deeds!

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tolerance in Frankfurt

In 2002, projects dealing with intercultural cooperation, tolerance, and prevention of violence in the community of Frankfurt/Oder were unproductive. People from the different projects perceived each other as rivals rather than partners. They were exhausted and the public did not support the subject of tolerance. A small group of volunteers from various organizations arranged a preparatory meeting with a Gemeinsinn-Werkstatt consultant (Phase 1) to initiate a participatory process for dealing with the issue (figure 1).

Activation Phase (Phases 2–4)

Parallel, relevant stakeholders (Phase 2), essential cooperation partners (Phase 3), and interested people became involved. This helped to gradually integrate the participants’ needs, visions, and abilities to pursue the common goal. A growing team of consultants, evaluators, and facilitators coming from adjoining initiatives and institutions applied various methods

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20. Some Classic Books about Cowboys

John R. Erickson. Photographs by Kristine C. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Twenty

Some Classic Books about Cowboys

The years from about 1920 to 1955 produced some of the best writers and writing we have on the subject of the old-time cowboy:

Will James, Ben Green, Andy Adams, Philip Ashton Rollins, J. Frank

Dobie, and others. Mr. Dobie made western writing respectable and blazed the trail for regional writers who followed. He so thoroughly dominated the field that, for decades, when someone wanted to know about cowboys, he went to one of Dobie’s books.

But J. Frank Dobie wasn’t as interested in cowboys as one might suppose. The three books which critics have singled out as his best,

The Longhorns, The Mustangs, and Tongues of the Monte, were not about cowboys at all, or dealt with the subject only in passing. His best book about cowboying was his first, A Vaquero of the Brush Country, which contains excellent material about cow work in the brush country of South Texas.

Dobie’s part in the writing of this book was rather odd. The “I” in the narrative wasn’t Dobie, even though he was listed as the author, but rather a man named John Young. Young told the stories and supplied the details; Dobie polished up the prose and added background material.

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Leadership in Turbulent Times Is Spiritual

Wheatley, Margaret J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

As our world grows more chaotic and unpredictable, leaders are asked questions for which their professional training did not prepare them.

How do I plan when I don’t know what will happen next?

How do I maintain my values when worldly temptations abound?

Do I have a purpose to my life?

Where can I find meaning in my life?

Where can I find the courage and faith to stay the course?

Humans have sought answers to these questions for as long as we’ve been around. It is a fundamental human characteristic to look at the circumstances of one’s life and ask, “Why?” No matter how poor or desperate we are, we always need to assign a reason to why things are as they are. Every culture has its rituals and spiritual practices to answer this fundamental quest.

As our age has become more chaotic and complex, we’ve turned for answers to the contemporary god worshipped by Western culture, science. We’ve asked science to explain how to deal with chaos, catastrophes, and life’s unpredictability. We want science to teach us how to prevent the sudden events that suddenly destroy lives and futures. We want science not just to explain chaos but to give us tools for controlling it. We want science to stop us from aging and dying and to get us out of all life’s challenges.

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Chapter 15 - Reviewing the Award Document

Compton, Paula B. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

(FAR 4.8, 33.102, 37.103, and 37.104)

The FAR does not provide instructions on legal reviews for award documents, but it does provide examples of records that should be maintained in the agency contract files (FAR 4.803, Contents of Contract Files). The 24th example is “required approvals of award and evidence of legal review.” Some agencies, however, do not submit award documents to their legal office for review. An acquisition audit performed on 49 contract files by an agency inspector general reported that many of the files contained inadequate legal reviews or none at all.

Having legal counsel review award documents for legal sufficiency is even more important than obtaining legal review for a solicitation. Some agencies may decide to award a contract without legal review to meet a deadline or because the legal office is unable to provide timely reviews. But acquisition professionals must make sure award documents are submitted for legal review. The review is essential: It ensures that the contract is in compliance with applicable acquisition laws, regulations, executive orders, and government policies and that it is legally binding and enforceable.

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95. Videoconferencing: The Next Best Thing to Being There?

Dinnocenzo, Debra Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF



101 Tips for Telecommuters

Videoconferencing: The Next

Best Thing to Being There?

Yes, videoconferencing probably is the next best thing to being there, but that doesn’t mean it’s as effective or can be used without some serious planning (and a not-so-minor investment). While the promise of picturephones has never quite been fulfilled at a reasonable cost, videoconferencing is an emerging technology application that will further revolutionize and strengthen the telecommuting trend. It’s probably also the tool that generates the highest degree of discomfort, primarily because of weaknesses inherent in affordable systems that exacerbate the anxieties people feel about using the technology.

Many people, if they’re honest, aren’t really comfortable in front of a regular old camera that shoots prints. Imagine the anxiety these folks have in the presence of a video camera that captures their every move, doesn’t necessarily offer them an image of how they appear to other participants, and transmits their image to multiple sites in distant locations. Further, anyone the least bit technophobic tends to be rendered practically nonfunctioning at the very thought of speaking into a camera while perhaps needing to simultaneously control screen image, camera projection, audio levels, and a computer. It’s not a great formula for accelerated growth in use of the technology, wouldn’t you agree? However, as travel costs increase along with peripheral costs associated with face-to-face meetings, the decreases in cost in videoconference equipment and services inevitably will result in more videoconferencing. Telecommuters naturally will be on the forefront of this trend, so anticipate more “on camera” time in your future.

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