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CMM Institute Newsletter Archive

summer 2022

A cosmopolitan sensibility: Compelling stories from a communication perspective: A review

A cosmopolitan sensibility: Compelling stories from a communication perspective: A review

A cosmopolitan sensibility: Compelling stories from a communication perspective was published towards the end of last year. Gitte Haslebo, an educator and trainer in social constructionist theory and practices for more than 30 years and a Taos Associate, reviews this edited volume of compelling stories, finding them ”rich in key CMM ideas.”

Highlights and replays of the 2021 Joint Conference

Highlights and replays of the 2021 Joint Conference

The 2021 joint conference held with the AFT, the CMM Institute and Friends of KCC, was a special conference in many ways. The collaboration between our three organisations led to an exciting showcase of just what the systemic approach developed by the Kensington Consulting Centre and the CMM approach that was deeply embedded in the training could do towards making better social worlds. If you missed the conference or just want to immerse yourself again, we have some wonderful material for you to read.

Making CosmoKidz history in Louisiana

Making CosmoKidz history in Louisiana

The CosmoKidz program at the Independence Leadership Academy in Louisiana is making news. We were recently sent a newspaper clipping of developments under the header of “Cosmic Character” and have reproduced the photos and text to share, with permission, with all of you.

Stories Lived. Stories Told: New podcast series

Stories Lived. Stories Told: New podcast series

We have started a new podcast series in conjunction with an Inspired young graduate student, Abbie VanMeter. Abbie gives us the background for the series and what she is hoping to achieve. We invite you to read more about the series and then listen in to Abbie exploring Stories Lived. Stories Told.

Review of a Cosmopolitan Sensibility

Review of a Cosmopolitan Sensibility

A cosmopolitan sensibility: Compelling stories from a communication perspective was published towards the end of last year. Gitte Haslebo, an educator and trainer in social constructionist theory and practices for more than 30 years and a Taos Associate, reviews this edited volume of compelling stories, finding them ”rich in key CMM ideas.”

CosmoTeenz fellowships announced

CosmoTeenz fellowships announced

We are excited to announce the appointment of five inspiring young women as CosmoTeenz Fellows. These new Fellows will be working together over the next year, using their talents, skills, and creativity to bring into being something they think will make a difference to our social worlds.

spring 2022

New CMMi Working Paper: Racial justice, relational responsivity and responsibility

New CMMi Working Paper: Racial justice, relational responsivity and responsibility

This is the first paper to emerge from discussions in the CMMi Social Justice Working Group. In this paper, Robyn Penman considers the issue of racial justice within a relational framework, that includes a relationally-responsive, and responsible, form of understanding emerging from an “us”. Drawing on the various models and heuristics of CMM, she shows us how we can develop a different sense of racial justice and how we can expose the pervasive relational dynamics at work in perpetuating injustice. Community discussion of the paper is invited.

CMM as a community of practice: Organic growth

CMM as a community of practice: Organic growth

Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Joan Camilo Lopez, as part of their ongoing project with youth community leaders in Medellin, Columbia, have observed how these community leaders have taken to the language of CMM. CMM has given them a common language to talk about and strengthen their peacebuilding work.

CosmoTeenz Fellows: Call for proposals

CosmoTeenz Fellows: Call for proposals

Do you know a teen or young adult, ages 15-21, who wants to make a difference in the lives of younger people? We are offering junior fellowship to 7-10 teens or young adults from different countries to work together to develop products, projects, and activities as part of the Institute’s CosmoTeenz program for 2022/2023.

Special webinar showcasing Fellows’ projects

Special webinar showcasing Fellows’ projects

We will be holding a special webinar on Friday, March 18, 1-3:30 pm (US EDT), featuring projects created by the 2021-22 Fellows of the CMM Institute. This will be open to all members of the CMM community. Please register for the event on http://evite.me/F5TS1rePFq

Is CMM transformative? An invitation for exploration

Is CMM transformative? An invitation for exploration

Bart Buechner, Sergej van Middendorp and Rik Spann will be hosting a roundtable discussion at the International Transformative Learning Conference to be held in April They will be exploring the proposal that CMM is transformative. Bart Buechner has offered an outline of their ideas and invites you to explore them further at the conference.

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 publication

New publication

Sergej van Middendorp, one of our Board members, has just co-authored a chapter on collaborative support networks as a form of organizing that can help address issues of sustainability leadership in a variety of contexts. The chapter is part of an edited collection that focuses on the reciprocal relationship between leadership and sustainability in a turbulent world—well worth a read!

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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