This book explores the practice of organisation development and group change in a way that will appeal to anyone involved in working towards social transformation. Drawing on extensive experience gained through many years of process consultancy within the development sector - mainly in Africa and Europe - as well as on the work of Goethe and Jung, Allan Kaplan presents a radically new approach to the understanding of organisations and communities and to the practice of social development.
Challenging the tendency to reduce development to a technical operation that attempts to control, Kaplan's approach embraces the full complexity of the process of social transformation. He describes the terrain of social change whilst simultaneously providing exercises through which practitioners can enrich their abilities to respond to the mix of chaos and order which characterise social development. Exploring this delicate balance, Kaplan inspires a sense of responsibility and possibility for the discipline, and reveals how development groups can intervene in social situations in a manner that is both humane and effective.
Allan Kaplan is co-founder of the Proteus Initiative, and former Director of the Community Development Resource Association in Cape Town, South Africa. He specialises in working with NGOs and community-based organisations across Southern and East Africa, as well as in Europe. He is the author of Development Practitioners and Social Process (Pluto, 2002) and The Development Practitioners' Handbook (Pluto, 1996).
Acknowledgements The Endeavour - A Preface Social Process and the Practitioner - A Synopsis SECTION I - observation 1. Beyond Reductionism 2. Emergence 3. Life's Resources 4. Intuition - Seeing Holistically 5. Indications for Practice Exercise - Drawing 6. Revisiting the Whole Exercise - Listening (1) SECTION II - understanding 7. Freedom and Constraint Exercise - Developing the Core 8. Balancing Heaven and Earth Exercise - Creative Thinking (1) 9. The Creative Round Exercise - Growth and Decay 10. On Becoming Exercise - Reading Oneself 11. Dancing with Shadows Exercise - Exploring Shadows 12. Paradoxes of Power Exercise - Fingering Power 13. The Pattern of Reversal Exercise - Making Culture Conscious SECTION III - change 14. The Narrative Thread Exercise - Discovering Wonder 15. Stories from the Field Exercise - Characterisation 16. Metamorphosis Exercise - Turning Points 17. Guidance Exercise - Listening (2) 18. Rites of Passage Exercise - The Elements 19. Consolidating Change Exercise - Working with Peers SECTION IV - practice 20. Discerning Exercise - Creative Thinking (2) 21. Co-creating Exercise - Questioning 22. Emptying Exercise - Shifting the Pattern 23. Awakening