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Synergic Inquiry
A Collaborative Action Methodology



May 2006 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`The publication of Synergic Inquiry is both timely and important. It is a refreshing attempt to forge behavioral theory and praxis to expand human capacities for problem-solving'

- Tomoko Hamada, College of William & Mary

This book introduces synergic inquiry, which is a particular take on action research. Synergic inquiry is distinguished from other collaborative methodologies in its process orientation, which seeks first to differentiate and only them to integrate. This way, issues which are considered to be impediments to understanding cultural differences, examples of hierarchical thinking, etc. are treated as an organic part of the solution. In this text, the authors stress a strong theory/practice mix.

Dean Elias
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
The SI Methodology and Its Theoretical Foundation
 
Overview of Synergic Inquiry
 
The Synergic Universe
 
Si, Paradigms, and Other Methodologies
 
Si Practices
 
Practicing Synergic Inquiry
Joanne Gozawa
Geisha and Cowboy: Synergizing Inner Lifer Differences Through the Mythic Realm
Venus Bobis Jendresen and Eric Bobis
Husband and Wife Synergizing
Lien Cao
Synergizing the Mother-Daughter Relationship
Elisa Sabatini
Developing a Community Through Synergic Envisioning
Lien Cao
Using SI to Resolve a Group Conflict
Carole Barlas, Angela Cherry-Smith, Penny Rosenwasser, and Colette Winlock
Synergic Inquiry in Action: The Expansion of Racial Consciousness
Yongming Tang, David Goff, Anna Gatmon, Marianne Murray, Vickie Zhang, and George Kich
Gender Synergy: Using SI to Work with Gender Differences
Roma Hammel
Teaching SI in a High School Setting
Charles Joiner, Yongming Tang, and Yifu Yin
Synergizing Cultural Differences for Improving Organizational Performance: A Case Study of Synergic Inquiry in China
Charles Joiner, Susan Cannon, and Karen O'Neill
Synergic Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: A Case Study of SI Application to a US Organization Working in Mexico
 
Reflections and Implications

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Yongming Tang

Yongming Tang, a pioneer of the SI methodology, is the founder of the Global Synergy Network, an organization working toward global transformation. Dr. Tang is also the founder and director of the California Institute of Integral Studies Synergy Project, which conducts synergy action research in a number of countries. Dr. Tang teaches courses on transformative learning at the California Institute of Integral Studies. More About Author

Charles Joiner

Charles W. Joiner, Jr. has extensive experience in the commercial, organizational world, in which he has served as President and General Manager of major divisions of large enterprizes. Seeking to move beyond the limits of the current organizational and economic paradigm, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Transformational Learning at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has participated in or been a co-leader of four cultural synergy projects. His current interests involve discovering how to live synergistically and how to support the development of a new form of organization called social business. He has published two books and a... More About Author

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