Russ Volckmann

European Conference on Developmental Psychology

ECDP will be held in Vilnius,Lithuania, August 18th to 22nd, 2009,with pre-Conference workshops
focused on recent methodological advances on August 17th and 18th. Abstracts for presentations must be submitted by December 15th, 2008. Notifications of acceptance will be received by March 15, 2009.

Reviewers on the Scientific Committee will be alert to submissions they deem worthy of further development for publication, especially in theEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology, the highly selective peer-reviewed publication that increasingly defines both the established center and cutting-edge spearhead of directions in its field.

Further and very complete information about the Conference, procedures for submissions, types of scholarly presentations that will figure in the Conference, invited lecturers and keynote speakers, awards, the Conference
venue, and Vilnius, itself, can be found at

James Meredith Day, A.B., Ed.M., Ph.D., CTM., Professeur & Docteur en Psychologie Developmental & Clinical Psychologist, Universite catholique de Louvain, Faculte de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’Education, Centres de Recherche: Santé mentale , Bien-être et Développement psychologique,
Psychologie de la Religion, Bureau e-107, Place Cardinal Mercier 101348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Tel. xx32.

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Society for Reseaerch in Adult Development

Denver, Colorado, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 5:00 PM – midnight, Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 8:00 AM – midnight. We may want to use some part of Thursday, April 2, 2009, 8:00 PM – midnight, Friday, April 2, 2009, 8:00 PM – midnight.

Michael Lamport Commons, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


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Achieving Styles Institute
2009 Certification Training Seminar
January 7-9, 2009

The Achieving Styles Institute is pleased to announce a three-day seminar on Connective Leadership and Achieving Styles to train and certify a select number of leaders, leadership development trainers, organizational consultants, executive coaches, human resource specialists, career counselors, and therapists as official Achieving Styles Practitioners. This invitational seminar will focus on the Connective Leadership and Achieving Styles Models, as well as the instruments for measuring them. Certified Practitioners will be trained in the uses, interpretations, and applications of the L-BL Individual and Organizational Achieving Styles Inventories (ASI/OASI).

The seminar will be conducted by Jean Lipman-Blumen, Ph.D., Director of the Achieving Styles Institute, and Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior, Drucker/Ito Graduate School of Management, and professional associates.
Time, Place, and Accommodations:
The Certified Practitioners Seminar will take place at the California Institute of Technology Athenaeum, Pasadena, CA, beginning Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:30 a.m., and ending Friday, January 9, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Danielle Blaylock via e-mail at or Adrienne DeVine at 626/584-5800.

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EuroConFab 2008
Doorn, The Netherlands

The purpose is to create an internationally shared field of best practices of emergence and evolutionary change. We start on Friday October 31st at 12.30hrs. The closure of the program is on Sunday November 2nd after lunch around 14.00hrs. Includes presentations by Don Beck and Kees Hogendijk. Bjarni Snæbjörn Jónsson from Iceland will present the results of the second society values scan in Iceland. Christopher Cooke will not only share his experiences with SDi in Healthcare projects, he also shares the next developments in PeopleSCAN. Great! Jeroen Maes will share his experience with one of the first cases of implementing holacracy in Europe. And more to come …

This is the third EuroConFab. More information at Auke van Nimwegen, Midas Buddemeijer, Jasper Rienstra en Anne-Marie Voorhoeve
Additional contact: Peter Merry:

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Adizes Graduate School

Spiral Dynamics, Natural Designs:
Second Tier Leadership, Organizational Elegance & Integral Management

A six-day Certification seminar in Santa Barbara, November 10-15, 2008
with Dr. Don E. Beck

Come learn from Dr. Don E. Beck live…followed by a special online program!

SPIRAL DYNAMICS: Dr. Don E. Beck, faculty at AGS, was invited to introduce spiral dynamics to 700 Fatah members in Palestine on February 2nd followed by a meeting with the Peres Center for Peace, high level Knesset members, and businesses in Israel during the week. They’ve received calls from Tony Blair’s office, and have been invited back to work with 100-200,000 Palestinians this summer. Learn more at the six-day Spiral Dynamics Level 1 and Level 2 Certification seminars in Santa Barbara, C A: November 10-15, 2008. ALSO MEET: Elza Maalouf, Dr. Beck’s partner and the key agent of change in the Middle East discussions. Darrell Gooden, AGS PhD candiate, will discuss his work—meshing Adizes and Spiral methodologies in the U.S. military. Contact or click here for details!

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The Role of the Contemplative in Workplace Organization: Exploring Spiritualities, Theologies, Philosophies, and Ethics

The Sixth International Critical Management Conference

July 13-15, 2009, Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, UK

For more information, contact:
Peter Case, UWE Bristol Business School,
Matthew Eriksen, Providence College,
Albert J. Mills, Saint Mary’s University,
Angela Hope (Lead Convenor), Saint Mary’s University,

Stream Description:

This stream explores the interface between the academic disciplines of Philosophy, Theology/Religious Studies and the discipline of Critical Management Studies. Theistic or atheist, practicing or not practicing,‚ it is difficult for many organizers and organizations (critical or not) in the West to remain uninfluenced by a theological cultural conditioning rooted in classical interpretations of Judeo Christian narratives (Hope, 2007). Should these narratives be contained? Should they be re-interpreted? Should they be ignored altogether and room made for other religious and spiritual influences and practices?

The exploration of this linkage between the organization and the contemplative‚ is, we suggest, foundational to understanding the nature of contemporary organization. The discourse on spirituality is often met with hesitation and skepticism in Critical Management Studies for various reasons but, perhaps, primarily because of its tendency to be complicit in the disciplining of bodies and minds in work organizations. Might it be possible, however, to develop a critical spirituality which resists and transforms instrumental and oppressive practices in work organizations?

In the dominant capitalist discourse and mainstream management theorizing, spirituality has been represented as one which treats spirituality in ahistorical and apolitical terms as yet another neutral resource to be harnessed and husbanded by the erstwhile custodians of organizational performance. Despite the burgeoning writing on spirituality in the field of organization studies (OS), explorations of the relationship between the organization of work, religion and spiritual life is hardly new to philosophy and social science. Indeed, analysis of this nexus of relationships is foundational to the social theorizing of Feuerbach, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Nietzsche and Freud. It is also present, either explicitly or implicitly, in theories of post-modern social organization, such as propounded by Bauman, Beck, Foucault, Lyotard, and Giddens. However, much of what passes as original contributions to the debate on spirituality in OS—with some notable exceptions—appears to be written in blind ignorance of this legacy. Mainstream writing on workplace spirituality also often ignores the impact of spiritual thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, and Anselm on Western culture and their implicit influence in shaping contemporary organizations. In short, much of the contemporary literature on spirituality is narrowly utilitarian and instrumental in its intent, often concerned directly to commodify spirituality.

Writing in the aftermath of Nietzsche‚s (in)famous ŒGod is dead‚ assertion, philosophers and theologians have embarked on a journey to address the oppressive and instrumental facets of Christian grand narratives, tradition, and the analgesic aspect of belief. Thus, the discourse on theology‚ has become plural and should—in a postpositivist context—now be understood as comprising theologies and spiritualities which embrace multiple perspectives and interpretations drawn from of a variety of religious traditions.

Organization and management scholars have, arguably, an important role to play in relation to this debate. Should theological influences and other spiritual practices be resisted at all costs when it comes to businesses and organizations? Should the discourse on spirituality be further expanded away from the dominating position of modern theory using various perspectives rooted in poststructuralism, postpositivism, postcolonialism, and critical theory? And if the latter question is answered in the affirmative, then what directions might postpositivist spirituality take within organization studies?

This stream has invited papers which explore but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Atheistic and agnostic philosophies and organizations: pursuing whether or not spiritualities have a place within management thought and practice.
  • How the insights of Judeo-Christian Postmodern theologies and Liberation theologies – Black Liberation Theology, Feminist/Womanist Theology, Mujerista Theology, Gay theology—can inform and influence management and organization.
  • The role of traditional religious ethics, e.g., Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, in work organizations.
  • Existentialism and organizing: philosophical explorations which link the thoughts of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre and other existentialist thinkers to contemporary organizational ethics.
  • Platonic, Aristotelian and other metaphysical interpretations of reality and their relevance to contemporary organization.
  • Care of the self‚ critical reinterpretations of Classical scholarship and their implications for contemporary organizational ethics and spirituality (following Hadot and Foucault).
  • The nexus of culture, identity, and power in the spiritual organization.
  • Spiritual epistemologies and ontologies: exploring how the spiritual‚ subverts, resists and/or privileges certain forms of knowledge and interpretations of reality.
  • Unchurched spiritualities: examining the contemporary trend of being spiritual but not religious‚ in work organizations.
  • Critical conceptions of suffering, evil, sin and redemption in relation to management and organizational practices.
  • God-talk: why is this so unsettling within the Critical Management Studies community? Exploring critical reflexivity within CMS.
  • Militarism, war, soldiering, and its linkage with theological narratives and traditions.

About the convenors:

Peter Case: currently Professor of Organization Studies, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Peter served as chairperson of The Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism from 2002-7 and is general co-editor of Culture & Organization. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Leadership and the Leadership & Organizational Development Journal.

Matthew Eriksen: teaches leadership and organizational behavior at Providence College. He headed the Leadership Institute at the Transportation Security Administration and worked for Ford Motor Company.

Albert J. Mills is Professor of Management and Director of the PhD in Management at the Sobey School of Business, at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). He is the incoming co-Chair of the CMS Division of the Academy of Management and co-convened the Gender and Management Stream at the first three CMS conferences in the UK.

Angela Hope is Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. Angela is an Associate Editor for the journal Gender, Work, and Organization.

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Coaching Announcements

ICF International Conference

November 12-15, 2008
Palais des congres de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
(888) 423-3131 or (859) 219-3580

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Coaching Across Cultures – Advanced International Executive Coaching Seminar

November 12-14, 2008
The Park Atrium Regus, 11 Rue des Colonies, Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 358 65 08

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Registered Corporate Coach Training

November 13-14, 2008
Los Angeles, California

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Life Launch & The Coaching Seminar

November 13-16 & 17, 2008
The Hudson Institute, Santa Barbara, California
Tel: (800) 582-4401

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European Mentoring & Coaching Council Conference

December 4-6, 2008
Prague (specific place to be determined)
Tel: +44 1992 550246

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College of Executive Coaching Intensive Coach Training Program

December 8-13, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tel: (888) 764-8844 or (805) 474-4124

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World Future Society


The theme of the World Future Society’s next annual meeting, WorldFuture 2009, is Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World. The conference will be held in Chicago at the beautiful Hilton Chicago hotel, July 17-19, 2009.

Among the forward-thinking experts you’ll meet are Ian D. Pearson of Futurizon, formerly a futurologist for British Telecommunications; bioethicist Arthur D. Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania; Esther Franklin, executive vice president and director of cultural identities for Starcom MediaVest Group; Edward E. Gordon, president of Imperial Consulting; Joseph R. Greene, former director of ICE, Office of Training and Development; and Mohan K. Tikku, director of the Centre for Future Studies in Gurgaon, India.


SUBMIT A SESSION PROPOSAL (Deadline, November 18, 2008):

SUBMIT A CONFERENCE VOLUME ESSAY (Deadline, March 2, 2009): – Early submissions urged!

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Hague Center online!

Check this out:! mirrored at, the and (soon they will simply all redirect to nice to have our own domain. and notice the email address this came from. it’s all taking form…logo, house-style, proper website etc to come (anyone any nice ideas?!).
Peter Merry
Director, The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence
Contact: +31 (0)61 355 4129
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National Collegiate Leadership Conference

February 13-15 2009 at the
University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

The National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) is a three day conference that brings together students from both the United States and internationally to learn leadership skills, cultivate social responsibility, break down leadership barriers, and to adopt leadership as a way of life.  This year we are celebrating our 21st year of striving to make leadership development as accessible as possible. We offer over sixty workshops, community service projects, teambuilding and networking activities, motivational speakers, and a dinner with a nationally recognized keynote speaker.  The National Collegiate Leadership Conference is now one of the largest student-run national leadership conferences for college students in the nation.

The conference will be held February 13-15, 2009 at The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. The conference agenda can be found at: If you would like more information on the conference, please visit the NCLC

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Integral College, UK

The Integral College, based in Brighton, England is pleased to announce the dates for their third experiential training course: Integral Theory and Integral Life Practice: Ways of Transformation. The course is structured over 6 months to include 9 full days, during which participants bring integral theory to life through experiential and cognitive learning. A goal is to positively effect participant health, personal development, relationships, work and the world. The course will run between May and October 2009.

Integral college is also offering a range of other events next year, including a level two course for graduates of ‘Ways of Transformation’, and a year long Ken Wilber study course.