- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Context Pr (1 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1684030242
- ISBN-13: 978-1684030248
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
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--Jane Dutton, PhD, professor emerita of business administration and psychology, and coauthor of Awakening Compassion at Work--Jane Dutton, PhD
"This groundbreaking book shows how evolutionary theory can be used to empower the success of small groups. It is a seamless integration of the processes of psychological flexibility, the science of organizational development and interpersonal trust, and Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize-winning 'Core Design Principles' for group cooperation. What results is a method that is both principle-based and highly flexible, and that speaks directly and practically to the role of coaches and consultants. This book is essential reading for anyone who works with people in group settings, and who is committed to helping these groups to be their best."
--Susan David, PhD, cofounder of the Institute of Coaching--a McLean/Harvard Medical School Affiliate; psychologist at Harvard Medical School; and author of Emotional Agility--Susan David, PhD
"What do you get when you combine contemporary evolutionary theory, insights from a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, and years of psychological research on behavior change? As it turns out, you get a practical and intuitively appealing set of steps for increasing care and cooperation amidst the twenty-first century's soul-sapping and ecologically damaging selfishness. The approach developed by Atkins, Wilson, and Hayes shows real promise, and I hope many people adopt it."
--Tim Kasser, PhD, professor in the department of psychologyat Knox College in Galesburg, IL; and coauthor of Hypercapitalism--Tim Kasser, PhD
"A powerful, simple, but new perspective; part what to do, mostly how to do it, on the big question. It's always been make-or-break for our species. Somehow, it's looming ever larger: 'How can I be for myself, but also for others and our world?'"
--Nicholas Gruen, PhD, visiting professor at Kings College London Policy Institute, CEO of Lateral Economics, and author of the forthcoming The Public Goods of the 21st Century--Nicholas Gruen, PhD
"Prosocial helps feuding individuals figure out their common purpose, and gives warring factions the means to cooperate. Anyone who has ever tried to solve a burning conflict within or between groups should read this book."
--Susan Pinker, psychologist, behavioral science columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and author of The Sexual Paradox and The Village Effect--Susan Pinker
"One of the authors, David Sloan Wilson, has said that everyone needs to become 'wise managers' of their own cultural evolutionary process. This book is a great way to learn how to do this very thing. If you are looking for ways to achieve shared goals, work effectively in groups, or in any way make the world a better place, you are going to want to read this book. It is a deeply practical and insightful guide for individuals and the organizations they work for."
--Joe Brewer, executive director of the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution--Joe Brewer
"Evolutionary science has a lot to say about how we can create more effective, cooperative groups. So does the research of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, the great scholar of the commons. Blending these two rich streams, Atkins, Wilson, and Hayes provide powerful, practical guidance for anyone wishing to nourish prosocial behaviors--in education, business, civic action, athletics, and beyond. A concise, readable synthesis that practitioners and scholars alike will appreciate."
--David Bollier, coauthor of Free, Fair, and Alive--David Bollier
About the Author
Paul W. Atkins, PhD, is director of Prosocial psychology and senior research fellow with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, ACU, Australia. His career has combined research and practice helping groups to thrive. His research has been published in the world’s leading management and psychology journals, and as a facilitator and coach he has helped thousands of managers and leaders to improve their team leadership, conflict resolution, situational awareness and well-being.
David Sloan Wilson, PhD, is president of the Evolution Institute and SUNY distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity, in addition to the biological world. His books include Darwin's Cathedral, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, The Neighborhood Project, and Does Altruism Exist?
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor and director of clinical training at the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. His career has focused on analysis of the nature of human language and cognition, and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and promotion of human prosperity. Among other associations, Hayes has been president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. His work has received several awards, including the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.
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Prosocial tackles these issues head on and provides a step-by-step guide to meeting the challenges of a new era. Using wisdom derived from evolution, behavior science, and organizational psychology, the authors demonstrate how groups can forge a way forward while staying true to their mission and their members.
Nobel prize winner, Ostrom, showed how successful groups adhered to eight Core Design Principles, such as Shared Identity and Purpose, Fair and Inclusive Decision Making, Authority to self-govern, etc. With a chapter devoted to each design principle, the authors walk us through how to make these a reality within a group.
One of the barriers that groups often struggle with is a lack of Psychological Flexibility - the ability to recognize what is truly important and act in pursuit of that even in the presence of difficult thoughts and emotions. Through the use of the Matrix, which the book covers, psychological flexibility is made understandable and applicable. The literature on psychological flexibility is vast and shows a significant benefit for human health and functioning in a myriad of settings, including the workplace.
The giant step this book takes is combining the core design principles with psychological flexibility via the Matrix in a ready-to-use package. Drawing on examples from their own experiences in different settings, the authors walk the reader through how to apply their techniques with groups. It is honestly impressive how simply and clearly things are laid out for the practitioner.
This book is essential reading for consultants, coaches, or anyone else who works with groups. It is a guidebook on how to bring groups together and have them work cooperatively for a common purpose with zeal. In these pages, you will learn how to build trust, increase efficiency, improve outcomes, and better the health and profitability of your groups. Highly recommended!
In the first part of the book, you get an easy to read crash course or “update” on the developments of this century in evolution science, behavioral science and the “third wave” of behavioral therapy, which already shows the power of Prosocial - it combines insights from many different disciplines into a core set of principles that apply to many different areas. The second part of the book goes more into details of these principles, and how to implement them in group settings.
The science behind Prosocial is so powerful and yet intuitive to most humans, that we are using it as the basis for our educational outreach and service-learning efforts in Germany. In our work with schools and teacher training programs it has been an invaluable guide to both theory and practice. We think every educator, in fact every human, should read this book to understand the human condition and to enable them to live and work better with other humans, so that we can all move towards directions that we all care about.