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A Compassionate Civilization


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ROBERTSON WORK is a nonfiction author and ecosystem/justice activist. As an international development practitioner, he has worked in over fifty countries. For the past ten years he was professor of innovative leadership at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, UN consultant, Fulbright senior specialist, and public speaker. As UN Development Programme (UNDP) principal policy adviser on decentralized governance for sixteen years, Work assisted many countries in formulating new policies and programs. While director for twenty-one years in three countries with the nonprofit Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), he led numerous community, organizational, and leadership development projects. He has published three books and contributed to eleven others as writer and editor. Work received his BA in English from Oklahoma State University, which honored him with their Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003; and his graduate studies were at Indiana University and Chicago Theological Seminary. He and his wife live in Swannanoa, North Carolina.


"I strongly recommend this book for students, activists, scholars, political leaders and citizens of the world."- G. Shabbir Cheema, PhD, Senior Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; former Director, UNDP Management Development and Governance Division "This book is a superb work of courage and skill, practical knowhow, and the ingenious gifts of one who is sourced in spirit." - Jean Houston, PhD, author, A Passion for the Possible"This book deserves to be hugely influential and read by all who care for the future of Mother Earth." - Tatwa P. Timsina, PhD, founder of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Nepal; former President, ICA International"Robertson issues a hope-filled call-to-action and a roadmap for creating the compassionate civilization."- Joy Sloan Jinks, MSW, Community Organizer, Founder of Swamp Gravy; author, Dyanmic Aging"Rob offers us a new social philosophy which is both visionary and pragmatic, both individual and collective." - Larry Ward, PhD, Dharma teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition of practice"Work offers a compelling integral vision of compassionate civilizational transformation, while encouraging the reader to participate in co-creation." - Nancy Roof, founder, Kosmos Journal, www.kosmosjournal.org"A focus on six arenas of transformation illuminates possibility in the midst of our current experience of institutional challenge and collapse." - R. Bruce Williams, international facilitator and author of More Than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus and 12 Roles of Facilitators for School Change."The book is an invitation to us, the readers, to enter into a "multilogue" with him and everyone else as we give shape to our own declarations, strategies, and action." - Terry D. Bergdall, PhD, Former President and CEO, Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), USA; author and professor

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