The Mary Parker Follett Network

Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. - MPF

The Future of Progressivism: Applying Follettian Thinking to Contemporary Issues

Event Details

The Future of Progressivism: Applying Follettian Thinking to Contemporary Issues

Time: July 12, 2018 to July 14, 2018
Location: West Virginia University
City/Town: Morgantown
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Margaret Stout, Carrie Staton, Jeannine Love, Francois Heon, Sebastien Damart
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2018

Export to Outlook or iCal (.ics)

Event Description

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 September 2017; full conference information and registration in October 2017.

For more information, please contact Margaret Stout:

Comment Wall

Comment by Margaret Stout on August 28, 2017 at 8:03am

Due to limited facilities availability on the original dates, we changed the dates rather than greatly increasing the cost.

Comment by Adina M. Lav on October 26, 2017 at 8:21am

Hello all: when is sign-up for this conference and is there any need for volunteers to do anything to help organize it?

Comment by Margaret Stout on October 26, 2017 at 3:27pm

Hi Adina! We are just about ready to launch the conference website and registration will follow soon after that. As soon as it's ready I will post a new thread and add info to the previous posts. Would you like to join the conference planning committee so that as we get closer we can find volunteer tasks for you? There will be plenty to do during the conference itself, for sure! If you want to be a part of the next committee skype session, please email me your information:

Comment by Margaret Stout on November 30, 2017 at 9:12am

Hello all! The conference website and registration is up:


RSVP for The Future of Progressivism: Applying Follettian Thinking to Contemporary Issues to add comments!

Join The Mary Parker Follett Network

Attending (4)

Might attend (2)

© 2019   Created by Matthew Shapiro.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service