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Walden’s Center for Social Change is beginning the process of establishing various social change research interest groups, where we hope that faculty, students, alumni and community and academic stakeholders will join to explore opportunities for collaborative research on a variety of social change issues.  We plan to have these interest groups running by January, 2018, so please re-visit this page later in the year!

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  • Discipline-Based Social Change Research Groups
  • Social Change Project Groups

Interdisciplinary Social Change Research Groups

Polarities of Democracy Learning Community

The Institute for Polarities of Democracy was incorporated on March 23, 2017 as a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. We were notified on June 30, 2017 that our 501(c)3 status was approved. The Organizational Meeting for the Institute was held on July 6, 2017 and the following objectives and purposes were adopted as part of our by-laws:

  • To promote the Polarities of Democracy as developed by Dr. William J. Benet as a theoretical framework for progressive social change initiatives that build healthy, sustainable, and just organizations and communities;
  • To promote Polarity Thinking concepts as developed by Dr. Barry Johnson as the foundational conceptual framework underlying the Polarities of Democracy theory;
  • To use Polarities of Democracy and Polarity Thinking tools and processes to help build healthy, sustainable, and just organizations and communities;
  • To promote Polarity Thinking as a theoretical framework for progressive social change initiatives that build healthy, sustainable, and just communities;
  • To articulate, communicate and disseminate the fundamental values underlying our democratic republic, which are fundamental to its survival;
  • To work with other organizations to promote similar aims and objectives.
  • To do everything necessary and proper to further these corporate purposes so long as such actions are within the limitations of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or any corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  • To be intentional about using Polarities of Democracy and Polarity Thinking to interrupt the abuse of power and privilege anywhere it might occur.
  • To seek diversity in our board, staff, and partnering relationships and to empower and leverage that diversity in support of the above objectives and purposes.

It is intended that the Institute will apply for research and implementation grant funding to support social change initiatives of Walden students, graduates, and faculty who are using the Polarities of Democracy theory. If you have a potential funding source that requires 501(c)3 status, and you would like the institute for Polarities of Democracy to serve as your fiscal sponsor for submission and administration of the grant, please contact Dr. Benet.

For information about joining the Institute for Polarities of Democracy, please contact Dr. Benet.

For scholarship related to the Polarities of Democracy, please visit Walden's Scholarworks.

The Human Science Institute

The Human Science Institute is a transdisciplinary learning community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to creating a humane and ecologically sustainable global future through education and research. Founded by Human Science scholars, researchers, students, and professionals, HSI supports the work of those responding to the challenges of our times by promoting a transdisciplinary framework that respects the multiplicity of views and ways of knowing in our diverse global community.

Vist HSI here: https://humanscienceinstitute.org/#about-us