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Author Maser, Chris.

Title Decision making for a sustainable environment : a systemic approach / Chris Maser
Published Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, [2013]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  333.72 Mas/Dmf  AVAILABLE
Description xxv, 278 pages ; 25 cm
Series Social-environmental sustainability series
Social-environmental sustainability series.
Contents Contents note continued: Making Do with What You Have -- Establishing Realistic Objectives -- The Need for Urgency -- Give Counsel, Not Advice -- The Questions We Ask -- Maintaining Viability as a Leader -- Causes of Burnout -- Remedies for Burnout -- Preventing Burnout -- Social-Environmental Decision Making within Organizations -- Summary -- Notes -- ch. 8 Giving Children a Voice in Their Future through Shared Decision Making -- The Great American Irony: Children Have No Voice in Their Future -- First, I Asked the Children What They Wanted -- And This Is What They Said -- Then, I Asked Their Teacher What She Had Learned -- Changing Our Adult Thinking -- The Ultimate Democratic Revolution in Decision Making: Giving Children a Voice in Their Future -- Address the School Board -- Interviewing New Teachers -- Creating a Community Vision -- Resolving Conflicts -- Healing the Land -- Children's Advisory Councils -- Summary -- Notes
Contents note continued: Myth Six Yes, But I Have to Face Reality -- Myth Seven What You Are Asking Can't Be Done---It's Impossible -- The Unpredictability of Environmental Laws -- Setting the Stage for the Engagement of Coping Mechanisms -- How Coping Mechanisms Influence the Effectiveness of Decision Making -- Anger and Aggression -- Appraisal -- Defensiveness -- Denial -- Displacement -- Filters -- Projection -- Rationalization -- Repression -- Resistance -- The Upshot -- Summary -- Notes -- ch. 4 Dissonance within Duplicity: Sustainability Programs at the Southern Nevada Water Authority, a Case Study / Jessica K. La Porte -- Summary -- Notes -- ch. 5 Breaking the Dysfunctional Cycle of Environmental Agency Decision Making -- How Job Descriptions Limit Professional Decision Making -- Leaders and Managers Make Fundamentally Different Kinds of Decisions -- Categories of Value -- Why a Vision Is Important -- Worldview -- Perception -- Imagination -- Understanding a Vision --
Contents note continued: Principle 10 All Systems Are Based on Composition, Structure, and Function -- Principle 11 All Systems Have Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds -- Principle 12 All Systems Are Cyclical, But None Are Perfect Circles -- Principle 13 Systemic Change Is Based on Self-Organized Criticality -- Principle 14 Dynamic Disequilibrium Rules All Systems -- Summary -- Notes -- ch. 2 Decision Making and Nature's Rules of Engagement -- Every Decision Has Its Antithesis -- Air: The Breath of Life---And of Death -- Water: A Captive of Gravity -- Soil: The Great Placenta -- Biodiversity: The Variety of Life -- Human Population: A Matter of Equality -- Sunlight: The Source of Global Energy -- Climate: The Global Arbiter -- Turning the Key -- The Inviolable Rules of Decision Making -- Rule 1 Everything Is a Relationship -- Intra-Personal -- Inter-Personal -- Between People and the Environment -- Between People in the Present and Those of the Future --
Contents note continued: Projection as a Means of Avoiding Personal Responsibility -- Projection Can Be Either Negative or Positive -- Criticism and Your Image -- Responding to Negative Criticism -- Being and Disclosing Yourself -- Perfectionism and the Fear of Making Decisions -- Honesty with Followers -- Understanding Silence -- Understanding the Need to Be Heard -- Establishing Your Boundaries -- Dealing with the Uncommitted -- Accepting Slow or Delayed Results -- Learning Your Limits -- Avoiding Self-Deception -- Overinvestment in Followers -- The Value of Humor -- Coping with Someone You Dislike -- Identify Those Specific Behaviors that Trigger Your Own Emotions -- Talk to the Individual Privately and Use the "Sandwich Technique" -- Timing Is Critical -- Remember Your Role as Decision Maker -- A Leader Does Not Quit When Things Get Tough -- If Nothing Else Works, Find a Facilitator -- Imagine Yourself as Different People -- Inspiring Performance -- Nurturing Creativity --
Contents note continued: Rule 16 Every Legal Citizen Deserves the Right to Vote -- Rule 17 This Present Moment, the Here and Now, Is All We Ever Have -- Summary -- Notes -- SECTION II When the Decision Making Becomes Self-Serving -- ch. 3 The Stages of an Environmental Agency -- Introduction -- An Introduction to Command-and-Control Decision Making -- The Inception of an Agency -- We Are the Agency -- Stages in the Cycle of an Agency -- Stage One -- Stage Two -- Stage Three -- Stage Four -- When Dysfunctional Decision Making Creeps In -- The Homeostatic Command-and-Control of Decision Making -- The Mythology of Abnegating Personal Responsibility -- Myth One I Can't Change Because I'm Locked In -- Myth Two I Can't Commit Future Leaders to a Course of Action -- Myth Three It's Not My Responsibility Because It's Not in My Job Description -- Myth Four I Can't Make a Decision Because I Lack Definitive Data -- Myth Five It Can't Be True, So I Won't Believe It --
Contents note continued: Rule 2 All Relationships Are All Inclusive and Productive of an Outcome -- Rule 3 The Only True Investment Is Energy from Sunlight -- Rule 4 All Relationships Involve a Transfer of Energy -- Rule 5 All Systems Are Based on Composition, Structure, and Function -- Rule 6 All Relationships Have One or More Trade-offs -- Rule 7 All Systems Have Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds -- Rule 8 Change Is an Irreversible Process of Eternal Becoming -- Rule 9 Systemic Change Is Based on Self-Organized Criticality -- Rule 10 Dynamic Disequilibrium Rules All Systems -- Rule 11 Success or Failure Lies in the Interpretation of an Event -- Rule 12 People Must Be Equally Informed If They Are to Function as a Truly Democratic Society -- Rule 13 We Must Consciously Limit Our "Wants" -- Rule 14 Simplicity Is the Key to Contentment, Adaptability, and Survival -- Rule 15 Nature, Environmental/Cultural Wisdom, and Human Well-Being Are Paramount --
Contents note continued: Vision, Goals, and Objectives -- The Negotiability of Constraints -- Monitoring Tests a Vision's Effectiveness -- Framing a Relevant Question -- Seven Steps of Monitoring -- Summary -- Notes -- SECTION III What Makes a Psychologically Mature Decision Maker? -- ch. 6 The Essence of a Responsible Decision Maker -- Personal Values and Philosophy of Life -- Characteristics of an Effective Decision Maker -- Other Centered and Authentic -- An Honorable Person -- Balancing the Masculine and Feminine -- A Therapeutic Person -- Detachment and Equanimity -- A Good Follower -- Servant Leader -- Shared Leadership -- Willingness to Delegate Authority -- Encourage Leadership in Others -- Summary -- Notes -- ch. 7 Coping with the Responsibilities and Pressures of Social-Environmental Decision Making -- Introduction -- Circumstances Faced by Decision Makers -- Dealing with Anxiety -- Use of Power -- Criticism in the Form of Projection --
Machine generated contents note: SECTION I Nature's Urgent Message to the World's Decision Makers -- ch. 1 The Principles of Biophysical Sustainability -- The Waterbed Principle -- The Law of Cosmic Unification -- Nature's Inviolable Biophysical Principles -- Principle 1 Everything Is a Relationship -- Principle 2 All Relationships Are All Inclusive and Productive of an Outcome -- Principle 3 The Only True Investment in Our Global Ecosystem Is Energy from Sunlight -- Principle 4 All Systems Are Defined by Their Function -- Principle 5 All Relationships Result in a Transfer of Energy -- Principle 6 All Relationships Are Self-Reinforcing Feedback Loops -- Principle 7 All Relationships Have One or More Trade-offs -- Principle 8 Change Is a Process of Eternal Becoming -- Immediate Change -- Understanding Historical Change -- Change as a Historical Continuum -- Principle 9 All Relationships Are Irreversible --
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Environmental policy -- Decision making.
Environmental protection -- Decision making.
Sustainable development -- Decision making.
LC no. 2012004999
ISBN 1466552166