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Breakthrough Leadership for a Divided World

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[1] Do Not Lose Heart, We Were Made for These Times ©2001, 2016

[2] Simpson, J.L. (2001). The Making of Multivocal Culture: (Re)Constructing Community on a University Campus. Doctoral Dissertation. The University of Colorado at Boulder.

[3] Anzaldua, G. (1987). To Live in the Borderlands.

[4] This bibliography contains references from authors representing dozens of cultures, nationalities, and traditions and literature drawn from disciplines as varied as Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Business and Leadership Studies, Neuroscience, Biology, Learning/Education, Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, History, Drama/Storytelling, Comparative Religion and Spirituality, Computer Science, Philosophy/Ethics, Legal/Justice Studies, Medicine/Trauma/Healing, Physics, Human Centered Design, Human Development, Performance Training, Natural Systems/Ecology, Social Justice Education Theory and probably a few that I have forgotten to list.

[5] Litan, R.E. (2000). The “Globalization” Challenge: The U.S. Role in Shaping World Trade and Investment.

[6] Bensman, T. & Griffith, B. (2020). Immigration Brief: Migrant Caravans — America’s Next Mass Migration Crisis. Center for Immigration Studies.

[7] Nirenstein, F. (2017). The Immigration Crisis in Europe. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

[8] Centola, D. (2020). Why Social Media Makes Us More Polarized and How to Fix It. Scientific American.

[9] Vinnakota, R. (2017). How Social Media Divides Us. The Aspen Institute.

[10] Minson, J. A. & Gino, F. (2022). Managing a Polarized Workforce. How to foster debate and promote trust. Harvard Business Review (March-April Magazine).

[11] Deetz, S. A, &  Simpson, J. L. (2004). Critical organizational dialogue: Open formation and the demand of “Otherness”  in R. Anderson, L. Baxter, and K. Cissna (Eds), Dialogue: Theorizing Difference in Communication Studies.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage. pp.141-158.

[12] Simpson, J.L. (2008). The Color-Blind Double Bind: Whiteness and the (Im)Possibility of Dialogue. Communication Theory 18 (2008) 139–159 a 2008 International Communication Association.

[13] Simpson, J. L. & Deetz, S. A. (2022). (Re)defining cultural change in organizations: Structural determinants at play. In F. Lima, M. Kunsch and A. Sampaio (eds.) Abrapcorp’s 15th anniversary commemorative book. Edufba (BAHIA/BRAZIL).

[14] Johnson, B. (2014). Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems. Human Resource Development Press. Amherst, MA. 

[15] Johnson, B. (2020). And! Making a Difference by Leveraging Polarity, Paradox or Dilemma (Volumes 1 & 2). Human Resource Development Press. Amherst, MA. 

[16] Emerson, B. & Lewis, K. (2019). Navigating Polarities: Using Both/And Thinking to Lead Transformation. Paradoxical Press. Midlothian, VA.

[17] Brubaker, D. R. et al. (2019). When the Center Does Not Hold: Leading in an Age of Polarization. Fortress Press. Minneapolis, MN.

[18] Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Ballantine Books. New York, NY.

[19] Dweck, C. (2014). The Power of Believing That You Can Improve. TEDxNorrkoping.

[20] Schein, E. H. & Schein, P. A. (2021).   Humble Inquiry, Second Edition: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling Building Positive Relationships and Better Organizations. Berrett-Kohler Publishers. Oakland, CA.

[21] Simpson, J. L. (2005). Engaging Communication: Politically Responsive Theory in Action. In Simpson, J.L. & Shockley-Zalabak, P. [Eds.] Engaging communication, transforming organizations: Scholarship of engagement in action. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

[22] Simpson, J.L. & Allen, B. J. (2005). Engaging difference matters in the classroom. In Simpson, J.L. & Shockley-Zalabak, P. [Eds.] Engaging communication, transforming organizations: Scholarship of engagement in action. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

[23] Wheatley, M. J. (2009). Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future.  Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Oakland, CA.

[24] Birdsong, M. (2020). How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community. Hachette Go. New York.

[25] Brown, B. (2015). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Avery. New York.

[26] Brown, B. (2017). Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Random House. New York.

[27] Brown, B. (2022). Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience. Random House. New York.

[28] Milton, J. P. (2006). Sky Above, Earth Below: Spiritual Practice in Nature. Sentient Publications. Boulder, CO.

[29] Slaughter, A.M. (2012). Why Women Still Can’t Have it All. The Atlantic Magazine.

[30] Simpson, J. L. & Kirby, E. L. (2006). The Invisibility of Identity(s) and Institutions in “Choices”: A White Privilege/Social Class Communicative Response to the “Opt-Out Revolution”. The Electronic Journal of Communication. 16, 3-4.

[31]Pierrat, C. & Simpson, J. (2019). Leveraging the Power of We. Emerging Women.

[32] Simpson, J.L. (2021). Amplify Your Impact: Making the Most of Mission-Driven Leadership in Mission Matters: Business Leaders Edition, Vol. 5. Mission Matters Media. Beverly Hills, CA.

[33] Saint-Exupéry, A. (2000). The Little Prince. R. Howard (trans). Mariner Press. Buena Vista, VA (first published, 1943).

[34] Carnegie, D. (1998). How to Win Friends and Influence People. Pocket Books. New York. (first published, 1936).

[35] Embrace Global.

[36] Chen, J. (2009). A Warm Embrace That Saves Lives. TEDIndia.

[37] Little Lotus.

[38] Tom’s Shoes One for One model.

[39] Coralus (formerly SheEO).

[40] IDEO U. Design Thinking Defined.

[41] Chen, J. (2016). How I Surfed the Wave that Nearly Drowned My Startup.   Hanging Zen.

[42] Obama, M. (2022). The Light We Carry. Crown.

[43] Eisenstein,C. (2013). The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. North Atlantic Books.

[44] Ryan, R.M. & Deci, E.L. (2018). Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness. The Guilford Press.

[45] Pink, D.H. (2011). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Riverhead Books.

[46] Heath, D. & Heath, C. (2010). Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Random House.

[47] Duckworth, A. (2018). Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Scribner.

[48] Goldsmith, M. & Reiter, M. (2015). Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be. Random House.

[49] Taylor, F. W. (1997). The Principles of Scientific Management. Dover Publications. (First published 1911).

[50] Turkle, S. (2022). Empathy Rules. Harvard Business Review.

[51] Zaki, J. (2019). Making Empathy Central to Your Company Culture. Harvard Business Review.

[52] VanDerKolk, B. (2015). The Body Keeps the Score. Penguin Publishing Group.

[53] Brain State Model. Conscious Discipline.

[54] Lutgen-Sandvik, P., Tracy, S.J., Alberts, J. (2007). Journal of Management Studies. 44(6):837-862.

[55] Lutgen-Sandvik, P., & Tracy, S. (2012). Answering five key questions about workplace bullying: How communication scholarship provides thought leadership for transforming abuse at work. Management Communication Quarterly26(1), 3-47.

[56] Hari, J. (2015). Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong. TEDGlobal London.

[57] Murphy, D. et al (2017).  Unconditional Positive Self-Regard, Intrinsic Aspirations, and Authenticity: Pathways to Psychological Well-Being. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Vol 60. Issue 2.

[58] Wiseman, L. (2010). Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. Harper Collins.

[59] Graeber, D. & Wengrow, D. (2021). The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.

[60] Rogers, K. (2018). Do Your Employees Feel Respected? Harvard Business Review.

[61] Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Earnings Disparities. US Department of Labor.

[62] McQuarry, K. (2020). The Average Salary of Essential Workers in 2020.

[63] Bittner, A. & Lau, B. (2021). Women-Led Startups Received Just 2.3% of VC Funding in 2020. Harvard Business Review.

[64] Saunders, V. & Ryan, M.J. (2014). Think Like A SheEO: Succeeding in the Age of Creators, Makers and Entrepreneurs. CreateSpace.

[65] Coralus. About US.

[66] 2021 SheEO Venture Impact Report.

[67] The 17 Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations.

[68] Nelson Mandela. Inside History.

[69] Marshall, T.F. (1998). Restorative Justice: An Overview. US Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs.

[70] Mingus, Mia (2019). Transformative Justice: A Brief Description. Transform Harm.

[71] Sievers, D. (2010). How to start a movement. Leadership Lessons From Dancing Guy. TED.

[72] Buell, R.W. (2019). Operational Transparency: Make your processes visible to customers and your customers visible to employees. Harvard Business Review.

[73] Bernstein, E. (2014). The Transparency Trap. Harvard Business Review.

[74] Scott, K. (2019). Radical Candor: Kick Ass at Work Without Losing Your Humanity. St. Martin’s Press.

[75] Brown, B. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House. New York.

[76] Covey, S.M.R. (2006). The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything. Simon & Schuster.

[77] What is Open-Source Software? IBM.

[78] What is Open Access? United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

[79] Schuster, J. & Carpenter, J.P. (1996). The Power of Open-Book Management: Releasing the True Potential of People’s Minds, Hearts, and Hands. Wiley.

[80] The Open University.

[81] Smith, S.V. (2022). The big reveal: New laws require companies to disclose pay ranges on job postings. National Public Radio.

[82] Designing the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google. IDEO.

[83] A Future Where Food is Never Wasted. (2016). Open IDEO.

[84] Open IDEO Platform.

[85] Immunization Innovation Lab. An Accelerator to Support Local Innovators in East Africa, Empowering Caregivers and Communities in Public Health. (2019). Open IDEO.

[86]  UNFPA Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenge: Top Ideas Announced. (2022). Open IDEO.

[87] Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (commonly called the Rogers Commission Report), June 1986 and Implementations of the Recommendations, June 1987.

[88] World Nuclear Association. Sequence of Events—Chernobyl Accident Appendix !.

[89] Dwyer, J. & Flynn, K. (2002). FATAL CONFUSION: A Troubled Emergency Response; 9/11 Exposed Deadly Flaws In Rescue Plan. The New York Times.

[90] Townsend, F. F. (2005). The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned.

[91] Holliday, B.G. (2006). Psychological Perspectives Hurricane Katrina: A Multicultural Disaster. American Psychological Association.  Communique.

[92] United States Congress. House. Committee On Natural Resources. (2011) Final report of the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling: oversight hearing before the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, first session, Wednesday. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. [Web.] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

[93] Sinek, S. (2009). Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Portfolio.

[94] Lorde, A. (1979). “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” The Personal and The Political Panel. Second Sex Conference. New York.

[95] Martin, R. L. (2014). Strategy is Iterative Prototyping. Harvard Business Review.

[96] Senge., P. (2006). The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. Deckle Edge.

[97] Tolle, E. (2000). The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. New World Library.

[98] Pema Chödrön Foundation.

[99] Chopra, D. (2020).  How Breathwork Benefits the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

[100] Vozza, S. (2019). These Navy SEAL tricks will help you perform better under pressure. Fast Company.

[101] McCraty, R. (2015). Science of the Heart, Volume 2: Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance. HeartMath.

[102] Senge, P.  et al (2015). Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Currency. 

[103] Jackson, P. & Delehanty, H. (2013). Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. Penguin.

[104] Phil Jackson: Zen Master Timeline (2007).

[105] Jackson, P. & Delehanty, H. (2012). Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior. Hachette. 

[106] The Last Dance. ESPN. Episode 10.

[107] Dethmer, J. et al (2015). The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success. Dethmer, Chapman & Klemp.

[108] Unilever Innovation Challenges.

[109] Unilever. (2021) Strong full-year results demonstrate Unilever’s resilience and agility.

[110] Briggs, B. (2021). Essential IT: How Unilever embraced risk to cultivate a remote workforce – and cleaner hands.

[111] Unilever (2020). How our hand sanitiser business adapted to meet global demand.

[112] Wingard, J. (2020). Don’t Fail Fast — Fail Smart. Forbes.–fail-smart/?sh=6743cd3b1b3a

[113] Kotter, J. (2011). Hierarchy and Network: Two Structures, One Organization. Harvard Business Review.

[114] Norwood, C. (2021). How infrastructure has historically promoted inequality. PBS Newshour. Public Broadcasting System.

[115] Brelsford, C. M. (2022). Study measuring infrastructure inequity addresses disparities in growing cities.

[116] Empire State Development. Creating Unparalleled Opportunities in Central NY for Generations to Come.

[117] Tampone, K. (2022). Why Micron picked CNY: Good schools, a diverse workforce and, yes, incentives.

[118] Rideau, A. (2017).  A solution for homelessness: Community-Based Problem Solving. TEDxTemecula.

[119] Moiz, M. (2022). Cities That Have Solved Homelessness. CAUF Society.

[120] US Department of Veterans Affairs. VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans: Research-driven Solutions to Prevent and End Homelessness. Housing First Overview.

[121] Godin, S. (2021). In it together. Seth’s Blog.

[122] Godin, S. et al. (2022). The Carbon Almanac. Penguin Random House.

[123] Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Data Literacy Awards!

[124] Osgood, D. & Sheehan, M. (2022). Lessons from a project with no managers, no boss, and everyone is a leader

[125] Ashoka US. (2022). What Ashoka Does.

[126] Naskar, A. (2021). Giants in Jeans Sonnet 9. Giants in Jeans: 100 Sonnets of United Earth.

[127] Fitzsimmons, G. et al. (2018). “Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control. Harvard Business Review.

[128] Robertson, B.J. (2015). Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World.

[129] Cumps, J. (2020). Sociocracy 3.0 – The Novel: Unleash the Full Potential of People and Organizations.  Lannoo Publishers

[130] Stassyns, G. (2018). Minsmere Murmuration.. 

[131] Van Stijn, R. (2019). Dutch Starling Murmuration. Utrecht Video.

[132] Brichs, X. (2017). Natura màgica, natura hipnòtica.

[133] Meg.  Feminist Icons. The Film Artist.

[134] Feloni, R. (2018). The way we do business runs counter to human nature and there’s only one way forward. Business Insider.

[135] Chouinard, Y. (2022). Earth is now our only shareholder.

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