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CMM Institute Newsletter Archive

fall 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Fellows

Congratulations to our 2021 Fellows

We have offered a total of 13 Fellowships for 2021: four CMMi Fellowships, five AC4/CMMi Graduate Fellowships and four special UK CMMi Fellowships to mark our joint conference on Making Better Social Worlds for the 21st Century

summer 2021

New Working Papers series

New Working Papers series
We have started a new series of Working Papers, to highlight new developments in CMM and stimulate conversation. Our first paper, The Elephant in the Room: Righteous Minds and Cosmopolitan Communication, evaluates the moral psychology of Haidt using a communication perspective and taking into account insights from IPNB and developmental psychology.

Stories told and stories to be told: Going down memory lane and looking ahead to the Learning Exchange September 2021

Stories told and stories to be told:
Going down memory lane and looking ahead to the Learning Exchange September 2021

Marit Eikaas Haavimb tells us about her journey down memory lane as she browsed the CMMi website videos. As she found, the video section is full of insights, ideas to ponder on, inspirations to be had, and hence to be shared and built upon She also points to the offerings yet to come at the forthcoming London conference in September.

A must-read new book Resounding: introducing an alternative metaphor for organization change

A must-read new book Resounding: introducing an alternative metaphor for organization change

Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Columbia University and board member of CMMi, reviews a must-read new book by Rik Spann (another board member) and Simon Martin. She says that the authors “ have given a gift to the world” in their innovative and thoughtful book that takes a fresh approach to the workings of organizations.

CosmoKidz is growing up: Here comes CosmoTeenz

CosmoKidz is growing up: Here comes CosmoTeenz

Our Cosmo resources for children and youth continues to grow. We are now moving on to developing creative, relevant, fun and reflexive activities based on building awareness and capacity in relationships, and suited for various stages of being a teenager.

More exciting CosmoKidz developments

More exciting CosmoKidz developments

While CosmoKidz is growing up into CosmoTweenz and Teenz it is also continuing to expand its activities for younger children. We have a new set of activities under development on race, culture and identity and another grant to continue our longitudinal research on the impact of CosmoKidz

spring 2021

Just published: A Cosmopolitan Sensibility

Just published: A Cosmopolitan Sensibility

A Cosmopolitan Sensibility, edited by Robyn Penman, is a collection of compelling stories from a communication perspective. This is the third book in our Making Better Social World series and builds directly on the first two books showing the significance of cosmopolitan sensibility for offering fresh ideas and new hope for living in the challenging multiverse of the 21st century.

Special Joint Learning Exchange

Special Joint Learning Exchange

Our Learning Exchange this year will be held in a few weeks, in conjunction with the Association for Family Therapy and Friends of KCC in the UK. This is a very special conference focusing on Making Better Social Worlds for the 21st Century—a theme dear to all of our hearts and one especially significant for the troubled world of today.

Call for proposals: 2021 Fellowship program

Call for proposals: 2021 Fellowship program

“When family, work & community merge: Learning and growing from the pandemic experience” is the theme for this year’s fellowship program. We are seeking innovative proposals for projects or studies which use CMM concepts to reflect on what we learned from the process of responding to a global pandemic, and how we might apply what we have learned to bridge fragmented social realities and identities that have been made more visible by this experience. Applications close May 1, 2021.

Cosmoteenz

Cosmoteenz

Are you in any way connected with teenagers (13-17)? Can you ask them to help us by completing a survey on communication issues important to them?

Moral injury webinar March 31, 6 to 8pm EST (USA)

Moral injury webinar March 31, 6 to 8pm EST (USA)

This is the third special webinar that we have held on moral injury and conflict. It is a follow up from our successful one late last year and is being held in conjunction with the Australasian Services Care Network for Military, Veterans and their families. The special focus will be on the insights offered by CMM for understanding this important issue of moral injury.

Making better social worlds for the 21st century: Legacies and expanding horizons

Making better social worlds for the 21st century:
Legacies and expanding horizons

This year’s Learning Exchange is being held as an online event in conjunction with the Association of Family Therapy and Friends of the KCC in London on 23, 24 & 25 September. We have a great line-up of speakers already confirmed and invite you to start planning to participate.

winter 2020

New publication on moral injury

New publication on moral injury

Bart Beuchner examines one of the best potential sources for learning about social systems and communication in conflict buried in “unheard” stories of returning military veterans—many of whom also suffer from the burden of moral conflicts encountered during service.

Communication at the Crossroads: 2020 NCA Conference

Communication at the Crossroads: 2020 NCA Conference

This year’s conference explored the intersection of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) theory with other disciplines and areas of scholarship and practice: including mental health, peacebuilding, and the enactment of socially responsible marketing by businesses. Each areas of exploration contained valuable lessons for rebuilding better post-COVID-19 social worlds.

Webinars in 2021

Webinars in 2021

Upcoming webinars include “CMM, circular questioning and cosmopolitan communication” led by Vern Cronen and Barbara McKay; and “Moral dilemmas and moral injury” to build on the previous moral webinar with particular attention to offering it at a time that suits a number of southern hemisphere participants.

fall 2020

Learning exchange follow up space

Learning exchange follow up space

We have set up a special project space using Basecamp for all registered participants of the 2020 LE. You can watch recordings of the Learning Exchange and participate in unfolding developments from the LE.

For registrants https://3.basecamp.com/4201158/projects/18785882

To see the videos https://3.basecamp.com/4201158/buckets/18785882/messages/3048056817

IMPORTANT: Use the following passcode to access the videos in Zoom: CMMLE2020!

Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Living beyond difference

Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Living beyond differencewords

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a sad loss to the judiciary and to the American people. Beth Fisher-Yoshida reflects on one of RGB’s many virtues: her capacity to see beyond difference and show us all how to create a metanarrative and higher orders of context that can bring us together.

summer 2020

When does a critical moment become an inflection point?

When does a critical moment become an inflection point?

Up until now, we have heard many stories about racial injustices, and systemic inequality. Yet, despite all the stories, personal and public, all the books, articles, lectures, podcasts, and movies available, there has not been systemic change. Ilene Wasserman reflects on the current critical moments we are all experiencing and wonders if it is enough now.

Humanity Rising

Humanity Rising

Humanity Rising’s goal is to being communities together to empower young people to change the world, especially in matters to do with our climate crisis. Sergej van Middendorp describes his experience in participating in Humanity Rising and reflects on that from a CMM perspective.

spring 2020

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