Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. - MPF
2018 marks a century since Mary Follett first published The New State: Group Organization, the Solution of Popular Government. In her opus on Progressive Era political theory and group dynamics, she introduced innovative and timeless concepts of integrative process as applied to governance, from neighborhood to global levels, as well as application to occupational groups.
This gathering of the Mary Parker Follett Network will be hosted by the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. In this conference, rather than a retrospective of Follett’s work or a collection of subsequent decades of application in a vast array of scholarship, including governance, management, community development, and social work, we propose a prospective of how her theories hold promise in application to contemporary practice in the face of global crises spanning climate change, social and economic transformation, and collaborative governance of organizations across the sectors of society. We believe these deliberations will identify the contours of a unique approach to democracy as a way of life in these times of dramatic change.
Look for the announcement of the conference web site in June 2017; full conference information and registration in September 2017.
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