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The Slow Revealing of Change: Decision Making Processes in Grassroots Collectives as Stories and Fractals of Adult Learning and Personal, Social and Ecological Change

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dc.contributor.advisor Lauzon, Allan
dc.contributor.author Zarate, Erika Isabella
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-18T18:27:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-18T18:27:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-09
dc.date.created 2014-09-12
dc.date.issued 2014-09-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8474
dc.description Decision making processes in grassroots collectives as stories and fractals of adult learning and personal, social and ecological change. en_US
dc.description.abstract The decision making processes of social and ecological change grassroots collectives (SECGCs) do not only promote change at a community level, but are exemplary enactments of such change. These processes are principled, critically reflective, relational and self-organized, and more so when there is a high degree of connectivity within and between individual SECGCs. SECGCs embody narrative and fractal behaviour that, upon assessment, could contribute significantly to their organizational learning, and subsequent social and ecological change work. In order to assess the self-balancing fractal nature of SECGCs, this research study proposes the use of a Fractal Organization Model and its accompanying table of characteristics of self-balancing fractal SECGCs. The model contains four elements, or nodes, that represent the existing or potential strengths of a SECGC membership, its value and belief system, its decision making processes, and its collective actions for social and ecological change. However, in addition to understanding the nodes of a fractal SECGC, it is also imperative to explore and assess the relationships between these nodes. By evaluating the context, nodes and internodal relationships, the potentiality of four capacities can be determined. The four capacities of a fractal SECGC are resiliency, adaptability, innovation and self-organization, and contribute to a SECGC being an effective agent of social and ecological change. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject decision making en_US
dc.subject facilitation en_US
dc.subject social movements en_US
dc.subject social change en_US
dc.subject ecological change en_US
dc.subject adult learning en_US
dc.subject organizational learning en_US
dc.subject organizational development en_US
dc.subject fractal organization en_US
dc.subject fractal organization model en_US
dc.subject Spain en_US
dc.subject Catalonia en_US
dc.subject 15M Movement en_US
dc.subject Occupy Movement en_US
dc.subject capacity development en_US
dc.subject capacity building en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.title The Slow Revealing of Change: Decision Making Processes in Grassroots Collectives as Stories and Fractals of Adult Learning and Personal, Social and Ecological Change en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Capacity Development and Extension en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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