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Triarchy Press Academic Titles 2014

Quality books outlining new thinking and methods of application in the areas of: • Strategic Management • Organisation Studies • Human Resource Management • Entrepreneurship & Innovation • Money & Economics • Society & Environment


Academic Titles from Triarchy Press Triarchy Press is an independent publisher of new thinking in the areas of business, management, economics and society, based in Axminster, Devon. Please browse through this list of titles, which have been chosen for their relevance to university business courses and their emphasis on both theoretical rigour and practical application. Ordering information All of the titles listed are available through major distributors and as ebooks. We no longer operate a traditional Inspection Copy service. Instead we offer lecturers and academic libraries a 55% discount on all our print titles – follow the link from the book page on the Triarchy Press website, or visit: For each title listed, you’ll find a link to further information on prices, formats, contents, the author and ordering information. Please contact Michelle Smith for further information:


SYSTEMS THINKING FOR CURIOUS MANAGERS With 40 New Management f-LAWS Russell Ackoff with Herbert Addison and Andrew Carey

(Russ was Emeritus Professor at Wharton Business School. A father of Systems Thinking and Design Thinking, his work in consulting and education involved more than 350 corporations and 75 government agencies in the United States and beyond.) 2010 ~ 96 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-956263-15-5 ~ £18.00 Ordering information and other formats

This book features a valuable extended essay by Andrew Carey (agreed with Russ before his death) presenting a thumbnail sketch of Ackoff’s approach to Systems Thinking and Interactive Design. For anyone new to Ackoff’s work or looking for an introduction to Systems Thinking in organisations, this is the ideal starting point. Separate sections cover: The Feedback Loop – Tropisms – Self-Organisation – Interconnectedness – Equifinality – Events vs Systems – Parts vs the Whole – Mess – Analysis vs Synthesis – Failure to Learn – Change – Aims and Intentions – People. The volume also includes more than 40 new and previously unpublished f-LAWS. Each f-LAW sheds light on established conventions that exist across businesses and management courses, and they come with a witty, sometimes acerbic and always insightful commentary. Any of them could serve as the ideal starting point for a discussion or project focusing on business practices. “… you are in no doubt that you are in the presence of one of the profoundest and wittiest brains ever to engage with the bizarre human activity called management.” Simon Caulkin, The Observer Readership ~ Students and managers interested in getting to grips with Systems Thinking. 3




MANAGEMENT f-LAWS How Organisations Really Work Russell Ackoff with Herbert Addison. Responses by Sally Bibb

(A father of Systems Thinking and Design Thinking, Professor Russ Ackoff had an esteemed career as a management consultant and educator. Herb is a well-known publisher and Sally is a consultant specialising in employee engagement, trust and change.) 2007 ~ 180 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-955008-12-2 ~ £18.00 Ordering information and other formats

We’ve all heard of Sod’s (or Murphy’s) Law – if anything can go wrong, it will. Most of us know Parkinson’s Law. This book collects 81 of Russ Ackoff’s insights into the world of business. In response, Sally Bibb examines and challenges their claims. Altogether, the book offers an accessible and provoking way in for anyone approaching systems thinking for the first time. “Just about every myth or pompous delusion about management gets punctured…” Stefan Stern, The Daily Telegraph “This book is fun – not something one can often say about a management book. It’s also a compact piece of distilled wisdom… Many of the 81 f-Laws are obvious when you think about them, but are too often ignored or neglected. Yet they matter. Take No. 4: ‘There is no point in asking customers, who do not know what they want, to say what they want.’” Charles Handy ~ Management Today “This book offers profound thoughts in digestible bites. It is easy to read and entertaining, yet full of wisdom. How much better our organisations would be if managers could really learn these lessons!” Michael C. Jackson ~ Professor of Management Systems, Hull University Business School.

Readership ~ Anyone studying management or working in any sort of organisation. 4

GROWING WINGS ON THE WAY Systems Thinking for Messy Situations Rosalind Armson

(Rosalind was, until recently, Senior Lecturer in Systems at the Open University, UK. A consultant and teacher, she has extensive experience of using systems ideas to support individuals and organisations facing complex/uncertain situations.) 2011 ~ 338 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-908009-36-4 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Business, workplaces and other organisations commonly spend time and money on the wrong things because the areas that need attention are enmeshed with a whole spiral of other concerns. Rosalind Armson describes how Systems Thinking provides a useful framework for approaching complex and ‘messy’ situations. Her book gets to grips with the theory behind and application of a variety of tools, techniques and ideas, from complexity to system definitions to rich pictures. Sometimes known as ‘wicked problems’, messes (or messy situations) are easy to spot: We don’t know where to start; we can’t define them; everything connects to everything else; we get in a muddle thinking about them; we often try to ignore some aspect/s of them; when we do something, they usually get worse; trying to fix them like a simple problem never works. Systems Thinking offers a range of ways to approach these situations and unravel them and this book explains those skills and techniques that can be brought to bear.

Readership ~ University students taking management and business courses with a systems thinking, project or case study component. 5




FACING THE FOLD Essays on Scenario Planning James Ogilvy

(Jay worked with Peter Schwartz at SRI International and then at Shell in the early 1980s. He co-founded Global Business Network.) 2011 ~ 312 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-22-7 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Shell famously survived the oil crisis of 1973 because of its use of scenario planning. The Bush Administration had a range of scenarios drawn up for the aftermath of the Iraq invasion – but ignored the ones that suggested the violence and disorder that actually ensued. In Facing The Fold, Jay Ogilvy has brought together a collection of essays: Section I – The ‘nuts and bolts’ of scenario planning, the steps involved in the practice of developing scenarios, and the key considerations to ensure successful scenario planning. Section II – Scenario Planning’s place in the larger context of the human sciences of anthropology, psychology, literary criticism, philosophy and sociology. Section III – Case studies from the public and the private sector and higher education. “Facing the Fold is a luminous distillation of philosophical wisdom and modern management theory. A richer, more readable introduction to the theory and practice of scenario planning does not exist.” Robert W. Fuller, Author of The Politics of Dignity “Jay Ogilvy has for decades been an intrepid pioneer in the development of both the practice and theory of scenario planning. This wonderful collection of his writings is therefore a most welcome and valuable contribution to the field.” Adam Kahane, Reos Partners and University of Oxford “Facing the Fold will change forever the way one thinks about the future and the possibilities it holds.” Paul Saffo, Foresight Discern Analytics Readership ~ Academics and researchers in the field of strategic planning and policy making. 6

THE DECISION LOOM A Design for Interactive Decision-Making in Organizations Vincent Barabba

(Vince was, until 2003, General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Knowledge Development at General Motors. Past President of the American Statistical Association, he twice served as director of the US Census Bureau. He has been manager of market research for Xerox and director of market intelligence for Eastman Kodak.) 2011 ~ 292 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-44-9 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Vince Barabba sets out the four core capabilities any organisation needs if it is to update its approach to organisational decision-making: 1) have an ‘Enterprise Mindset open to change’, 2) think and act holistically, 3) have an adaptable business design, 4) use the right combination of techniques and methods. Part 1 – The Journey – chronicles the author’s professional life, focusing on more than 30 ‘Lessons Learned’. To name just one: ‘Surface and make explicit the underlying assumptions that would have to be true for your particular problemsolving approach to prevail.’ Part 2 describes an ‘Interactive Decision Loom’ and sketches an ‘idealized design’ for creating a Decision Loom in an organisation. It focuses on the process of inquiry (which must underpin decisionmaking), anticipating problems, and the four core organisational capabilities needed in a dynamically complex organisation. The capabilities all draw on the lessons learned in Part 1 and are illustrated by brief case studies from: LEGO, Xyntéo, Patagonia Clothing, Nintendo, Cisco, and McDonald’s. Readership ~ This book is a guide for market research, knowledge management, MIS and organisation design specialists. 7




ORGANISING AND DISORGANISING A Dynamic & Non-Linear Theory of Institutional Emergence & its Implications Michael Thompson

(Michael has worked with/for Unilever, ESRC, University of California at Berkeley, European Parliament, International Academy of the Environment, Battelle Pacific Northwest National Labs, The Design Council, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and many others.) 2008 ~ 160 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9557681-4-9 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Cultural theorist Michael Thompson argues that there are five ways of organising: hierarchical (e.g. Government), egalitarian (e.g. Friends of the Earth), individualistic (e.g. financial markets), fatalistic (nothing will make a difference) and autonomous (hermit-like avoidance of the other four). Leaders with ‘a job to do’ often conclude that any interaction with an opposing approach is a messy and unwelcome distraction. Yet, through a wide range of examples, (UNEP, Shell, the World Bank and Arsenal Football Club, to name a few) we are shown how each way distils certain elements of experience and wisdom that are missed by the others and that taking all the voices into account in the policy process means everyone gets more of what they do want and less of what they don’t. Michael Thompson calls these ‘clumsy solutions’. “This theory has so many strengths, it is difficult to know where to start. In particular, I like… the view that change always results through the ‘clumsy’ interaction of ways of thinking and behaving.” Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, London “Wow! What a revelation – the thoughts and ideas, the clarity in the writing, even down to the idiomatic expressions and down-to-earth style – this is what great academic writing is all about.” Ben Corringham, Wageningen University, Netherlands “Buy the book. If you find this half as interesting as I did, you must get hold of [it].” Tudor Rickards, Manchester Business School Readership ~ With a lively and witty presentation and rigorous attention to detail this book is suitable for academics and students in the areas of social policy, government, sustainability and business. 8

MANAGING THE FUTURE A Manager’s Guide to Forecasting and Strategic Planning in the 21st Century Stephen M. Millett

(Stephen M. Millett became an internationally respected technology forecaster and futurist during his 27-year career at Battelle. In 2006 he founded Futuring Associates LLC. He is also a faculty member in the MBA program at Franklin University.) 2011 ~ 288 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-48-7 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Managing the Future offers a straightforward and pragmatic approach to strategic planning. It takes an honest look at the limitations of forecasting, and shows (through real-life examples and a wealth of experience) how managers can best use a variety of futuring methods, including scenarios, horizon scanning and trend monitoring. Future studies and practices emphasise methods, techniques, and tools, but often lack the sound theoretical foundation enjoyed by the natural, and many of the social, sciences. Yet theoretical first principles provide the foundation for solving practical problems – including planning, investing, managing, etc. This book offers, for the first time in print, five fundamental principles for futuring and visioning. “In contrast to the trend toward books on niche topics, this volume provides a broad overview of forecasting and foresight, offering the reader not only a comprehensive list of foresight tools and techniques and their uses in a business environment, but also a history of their origin and evolution.” Howard Wright, Research-Technology Management

Readership ~ An ideal introduction to the study of business and economic trends and strategic planning. 9




THE BUSINESS STRATEGY AUDIT A company self-assessment audit to analyse the effectiveness of any business strategy and any strategy-making process Cambridge Strategy auditS

(Cambridge Audits are company self-assessment tools from the world’s leading authorities. Each of the audits combines interview and survey questions, checklists, discussion points and questionnaires, some of which can be scored.) 2008 ~ 132 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9557681-4-9 ~ £135.00 Ordering information and other formats

The Business Strategy Audit looks at how well a company’s coporate strategy works, for the whole organisation and for individual divisions. It asks how good the company is at buiilding information and opinions into the strategy-making process. The audit comes in three parts: Part One is a three-step audit to create a clear, objective picture of the business environment at a macro level and how the industry components function in that environment. Part Two is a seven-step assessment to clarify and assess the existing strategy, determine current capabilities and resource allocation and assess the company culture. Part Three provides tools for developing a framework within which to create an appropriate and flexible strategy for the future. This audit includes information about how to chart changing company needs, check the targeting of resources against capabilities and capacity and, ultimately, align the company strategy to these real requirements. Readership ~ Designed for in-company use by senior managers and consultants, the audit makes an ideal Action Learning tool for any MBA or business studies programme. 10

SYSTEMS THINKING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR The Failure of the Reform Regime... and a Manifesto for a Better Way John Seddon

(John Seddon is an occupational psychologist and credited for developing a systems thinking approach in service organisations. He is visiting professor at the Derbyshire Business School, University of Derby.) 2008 ~ 224 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9550081-8-4 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

Ideas like economies of scale, targets and ‘deliverology’ sound attractive, but what do they really mean in practice? In this book, John Seddon takes an in-depth look at many of the processes and operations that have been adopted rom the world of business by the public service sector over recent decades. The reviews say it all: “The argument compellingly made in this book by John Seddon is that the Government has designed failure into almost everything it does on our behalf. It has not done so deliberately; but it is culpable because it has failed to listen to people who know better how to run services on behalf of the customer rather than the producer.” Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph “One of the strengths of Seddon’s diagnosis is that, as a consultant, he has seen almost every public service from the inside. From trading standards to planning and housing repairs, all exhibit the same dysfunction, being forced to conform to a work design that starts from the wrong end – the requirements of government rather than those of the citizen.” Simon Caulkin, The Observer

Readership ~ An invaluable insight into the way public service organisations work and the specific initiatives used for anyone studying public sector poilcy, management and governance or management in general. 11




DELIVERING PUBLIC SERVICES THAT WORK Volume 1 Systems Thinking in the Public Sector: Case Studies Peter Middleton ~ Foreword by John Seddon

(Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast. His research combines systems thinking with lean software development to help organisations significantly improve their performance.) 2010 ~ 132pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9562631-6-2 ~ £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

Six detailed case studies (from Housing, Transport, HR, etc.) demonstrate that John Seddon’s Vanguard Method – as set out in Systems Thinking in the Public Sector – actually works and delivers the results it promises. Seddon’s prescription for the UK and for any other country using the quasi free market model for public services is to scrap the centralised regime that oversees the public sector and all its nonsensical targets and obsessions (like ‘deliverology’, ‘choice’, inspections and specifications). The inspirational case studies show: • The process that each service provider went through. • How they overcame initial resistance and hostility from staff. • The results that can be achieved. (East Devon District Council cut the time taken to process these notifications of a change in circumstances from people on Housing Benefit from 20 says to 3.8 days. Stockport Borough Council’s HR Department cut service times by over 50%. Central Otago District Council cut the average time taken to approve or reject resources requests from the Roads Department from 50 days to 14 days in one year.) • How they rolled the programme out across other departments/services. • What unexpected benefits accrue (a 44% drop in staff illness in one case). Readership ~ For people researching and studying organisations, governance and public sector policy. 12

DELIVERING PUBLIC SERVICES THAT WORK Volume 2 The Vanguard Method in the Public Sector: Case Studies Charlotte Pell ~ Foreword by John Seddon (Charlotte encourages public sector managers to use systems thinking methodology.) 2012 ~ 196 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-9080096-8-5 ~ £18.00 Ordering information and other formats

Continuing where Volume 1 left off, this collection of Case Studies presents more evidence of the effectiveness of John Seddon’s Vanguard Method in practice. Part 1 describes the application of the Vanguard Method in eight different public sector contexts: • Police forces in the Midlands and Cheshire • The Fire and Rescue Service in Staffordshire • Development Control at Rugby Borough Council • Food Safety in Great Yarmouth • Legal and Social Welfare Problems (Advice UK) • Health and Social Care (NHS Somerset) • The care of stroke patients at Plymouth Hospital. Part 2 has three topical briefings on the vexed question of ‘demand’ and why it is that increasing resources to meet increasing demand is so often the wrong answer: • Richard Davis discusses hidden demand, the role of geography and the problem with treating people as ‘customers’. • John Seddon explains why mass production logic, where demand is treated first as a transaction, then as a commodity and then shared in an attempt to cut costs, is flawed. • Charlotte Pell illustrates, through stories from people on the receiving end of the services described in this book, why it is cheaper to deliver public services that work. Readership ~ For people researching and studying organisations, governance and public sector policy. 13





(David is Professor of Information Systems at Nottingham University Business School, UK. He co-authored the SPRINT methodology, which gives a framework for service reengineering and change management, and is widely used in local government.) 2011 ~ 220 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-31-9 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Public services everywhere are under pressure to be cheaper, more efficient, less wasteful, more ‘joined-up’, more in touch with people’s needs, leaner and less bureaucratic. IT is usually seen as the answer. New computer systems – alongside merged back office functions, economies of scale and outsourcing – should offer a better, faster, cheaper service. David Wastell calls our faith in imposed, computer-based solutions ‘technomagic’. He uses detailed examples and case studies from the UK and USA to show how misplaced has been our reliance on IT-based ‘solutions’ to public sector problems. But this book is much more than an informed and devastating critique of the UK’s Integrated Children’s System, US educational reform and the failure of the London Ambulance Service. It develops and applies the principles of Systems Thinking and Design Thinking to show how to create a ‘design revolution’ in the public services. Rather than monitoring, measuring and controlling, public sector managers need to see themselves as designers, who must reshape work systems and the workplace. Wastell uses two more case studies to give examples of Design Thinking in action, with positive outcomes from design-based approaches to IT innovation. Readership ~ Students of management, business studies and information systems. and academics in the fields of public management and policy. 14

INTELLIGENT POLICING How Systems Thinking Methods Eclipse Conventional Management Practice Simon Guilfoyle

(Simon writes and lectures on the benefits of incorporating systems thinking principles into policing, and has spoken at several national events. He is a member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing and also acts as an independent systems advisor to UK police forces and other agencies.) 2013 ~ 376 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-909470-05-7 ~ ÂŁ20.00 Ordering information and other formats

Policing is at a crossroads. At a time of unprecedented cuts and increasing levels of demand, the British police service (like many others around the world) faces huge challenges. Under the most radical reforms the police service has ever experienced, its leadership is looking for new approaches that can maintain levels of service delivery and secure efficiency, accountability and public confidence. But recent history shows that applying private sector business models to the public sector often generates hidden costs and unintended consequences that damage productivity and morale. In Intelligent Policing, Simon Guilfoyle proposes a simple and elegant solution that refocuses organisational activity on the service user (the general public). Drawing on his own extensive experience as a police officer, he uses a range of evidence to explore the possibilities that systems thinking offers. Using detailed examples, he shows how a systems-based approach can bring greater efficiency, improved service delivery, enhanced morale and reduced cost. Readership ~ Academics in the fields of management and human behaviour and MBA students of systems theory. Also a rich resource for anyone studying public services and policing. 15




THE THREE WAYS OF GETTING THINGS DONE Hierarchy, Heterarchy and Responsible Autonomy in Organisations Gerard Fairtlough

(Gerard had a distinguished business career, during which he led Shell Chemicals in the UK and founded the biotech company Celltech.) 2007 ~ 140 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9550081-3-9 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

It took years of working for Shell for Gerard Fairtlough to begin to doubt that hierarchy was a natural and necessary part of organisations, and more years before he started to explore the alternatives. In the end he was convinced that we must question hierarchy’s inevitability and develop alternatives. Tinkering isn’t enough; huge shifts are needed if our businesses are to become more profitable and creative, if government agencies are to become more effective, and if NGOs are to make real changes in the world and act responsibly. “…the more I listen to his arguments, the more I believe he is on to something.” Richard Donkin, Financial Times “With Fairtlough, the combination of experiential artistry, wisdom, and deeply reflective practice positions a different kind of creative thinking at the forefront of organization design.” Professor Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney “…challenges organizations to reconsider hierarchy and their dependence on it. …Of interest not only to academics and students of organizational and complexity theory, but also to anyone with an interest in the way we live and work today.” The Institute of Management Consultancy

Readership ~ This is an eye-opening guide to hierarchy, heterarchy and responsible autonomy. It has become required reading for academics, researchers and MBA students. 16

ADVENTURES IN COMPLEXITY For Organisations Near the Edge of Chaos Leslie Kuhn

(Leslie is Senior Lecturer in the College of Business at the University of Western Sydney. A prolific author, she has led over 30 research projects.) 2009 ~ 146 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9562631-0-0 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

Complexity theory offers a way to identify underlying patterns of order and indicators for influencing future sustainable practice. It also shows how ‘influential interventions’ do not take a neat cause-and-effect path but may generate unexpected outcomes. Through the use of seven case studies, from a not-for-profit to a pharmaceutical firm, the author examines this sophisticated way of thinking and its application. Embracing uncertainty and change, the book shows that, when systems reach ‘the edge of chaos’, they are most likely to exhibit creative, innovative responses and new patterns are most likely to emerge. In the current climate many organisations may consider themselves ‘near the edge of chaos’, but most will not realise the potential that this offers. “A very useful resource introducing the terminology and thinking patterns required to adopt the complexity paradigm as a way of thinking and reasoning about organisations” Prof. Darren Dalcher, Middlesex University “…a thoughtful, innovative and above all practical book about the implications and applications of complexity science for management ... not only a major new contribution to the literature on management and complexity, but to management literature as a whole.” Prof. Alfonso Montuori, Department Chair, Transformative Inquiry, California Institute of Integral Studies

Readership ~ For academics, researchers and students, this book shows how complexity theory can be translated into the workplace. 17




COMPLEXITY DEMYSTIFIED A Guide for Practitioners Patrick Beautement and Christine Broenner

(Patrick is Research Director at the Abaci Partnership in the UK and an internationally known consultant. Christine is a GIS expert and is also a Director of the Abaci Partnership.) 2011 ~ 268 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-24-1 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Complexity Demystified appreciates that human activity is a flow of changing experience, shaped by circumstances and events. In writing this book, the authors held extensive meetings and workshops in order to learn more about common difficulties people are experiencing in today’s business, economic and ecological climates. Again and again people said that the mechanistic approaches required by managers, donors or auditors (where ‘what to do’ is bounded or decided in advance and often within a fixed time frame) rarely led to sustainable solutions. A new approach was needed to be able to respond to, exploit and benefit from the kind of fast-moving dynamic situations that engineered approaches can’t address. Drawing on a wide range of experiences, and using the insights gained from Complexity Science, the authors have developed a clear and systematic framework of techniques to bring about change in real-world contexts. “This book is a very valuable and timely contribution to that body of scholarship and practice, bridging... academic abstraction of concepts and methods and the stark reality of social, economic and physical situations. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone seriously engaged with any complex issue.” Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Adviser. Dep’t for Transport and Dep’t for Business, Innovation and Skills Readership ~ International development courses looking at conflict resolution, government, NGOs and multidisciplinary collaborations, as well as students and teachers in the fields of economics, sustainability, and change management. 18

THE ORGANISATIONAL LEADERSHIP AUDIT A six-step business improvement tool to help organisations build an effective leadership structure and culture William Tate

(Cambridge Audits are company self-assessment tools from the world’s leading authorities. Each of the audits combines interview and survey questions, checklists, discussion points and questionnaires, some of which can be scored.) 2008 ~ 132 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9557681-4-9 ~ £135.00 Ordering information and other formats

Leadership is typically viewed from the point of view of the skills of individual leaders but here, The Organisational Leadership Audit uses a distinctive, new model to help you analyse the way your organisation promotes, sustains, encourages or inhibits leadership right across the business. The audit looks at leadership as an organisational resource. It shows how organisations need to provide a shared, honest and valid purpose, develop a conscious, supportive leadership culture, create a leadership structure that works, and remove obstacles to individual leadership. The audit has six distinctive themes, united by a common question: How can the organisation get its own needs for leadership met? 1. Responding to the new environment 2. Mapping the organisation context 3. Challenging the leadership culture 4. Attaining leadership competence 5. Managing leadership across the employment spectrum 6. Supervising leadership development Readership ~ Designed for in-company use by senior managers and consultants, the audit makes an ideal Action Learning tool for any MBA or business studies programme. 19




HERDING CATS Being Advice for Aspiring Academic and Research Leaders Geoff Garrett and Graeme Davies

(Dr Geoff Garrett has led CSIR in South Africa and CSIRO in Australia. Sir Graeme Davies has led three UK universities – Liverpool, Glasgow and London.) 2010 ~ 136 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9565379-5-9 ~ £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

Academics and research scientists, like cats, resist herding. Garrett and Davies have done their fair share of trying. Questioning the leaders of academic and research institutions across the world, the authors bring their combined insights into this most delicate and thankless of tasks to the attention of those who would follow in their footsteps. The book reflects upon the tensions and pressures that face any leader in a ‘cats’ environment, including: • making the tough strategic choices • leading change effectively • dealing with bureaucracy, inside & outside • allocating resources and managing budgets • ensuring effective implementation. “Not only did I enjoy ‘Herding Cats’ – I laughed out loud at how true it is. Cats indeed. I also enjoyed the novel format: succinct, engaging, and easy to comprehend. Great job... it will be an extremely helpful contribution.” Dr Curtis Carlson, Chief Executive, SRI International, Menlo Park, USA “What a wonderful read! This book deserves to be on the coffee table in the office of all Vice Chancellors and other leaders in Higher Education and Research institutions around the world.” Dr Ian Steadman, Director of Development, Oxford Brookes University, UK Readership ~ Leaders and aspiring leaders in any academic or research institution. 20

HERDING PROFESSIONAL CATS Being Advice for Aspiring Leaders in the Professions Graeme Davies and Geoff Garrett

(Sir Graeme Davies has led three UK universities – Liverpool, Glasgow and London. Dr Geoff Garrett has led CSIR in South Africa and CSIRO in Australia.) 2013 ~ 148 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-9094702-0-0 ~ £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

Professionals of all sorts can be difficult to manage. New graduates have been schooled to question instructions rather than follow them; old timers have mastered the art of appearing to follow instructions whilst ignoring them in practice. Herding Professional Cats offers advice and insights to leaders in the professions who find themselves facing the classic ‘cats’ dilemma – how to manage intelligent, opinionated, independent and frequently difficult people without losing the competitive edge a professionalised workforce can bring. Herding Professional Cats is a new edition of the authors’ 2010 bestselling book Herding Cats (see adjacent page). It draws on their own top-level leadership experience and contains the information current leaders might wish they had known when they set out on their leadership careers. “Herding Professional Cats is a lovely book ... many pearls of wisdom. I found myself constantly thinking ‘That is so true.’” Sheridan Ash, Director, PwC, London “Herding Professional Cats is even more inspiring and instructive than its inspiring predecessor.” Prof Bai Chunli, President, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Readership ~ Students and teachers of leadership, human resource management and employment relations. 21




THE SEARCH FOR LEADERSHIP An Organisational Perspective William Tate

(Bill runs two consulting practices, was formerly head of HR Strategy at British Airways and has taught on Cass Business School’s Executive MBA Programme.) 2009 ~ 324 pp. ~ Paperback, 978-0-9557681-7-0, £28.00 ~ Hardback, 978-0-9557681-8-7, £40.00 Ordering information and other formats

This systems thinking approach to leadership asks us to look beyond individuals, managers, leaders and training programmes. William Tate reviews a range of issues like: Distributing authority ~ transferring learning ~ organisational competence ~ the structural gaps that account for waste ~ accountability ~ the organisation’s culture and shadow-side. “Leading change has become the mantra of the moment, and Tate’s book is a timely and highly significant contribution towards our thinking about the interactions between an organisation and leadership, and how each influences the other in an open systems model. His work is thoughtful, clear and highly practical.” Professor W. Warner Burke, Columbia University, New York “In his fascinating new book Bill Tate offers a fresh perspective for thinking and talking about leadership in organisations, looking beyond individual leadership development to the systemic development of leadership.” Linda Holbeche, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development


2009 ~ 152 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9562631-2-4 ~ £55.00 ~ eToolkit, £95.00 Ordering information and other formats

Designed for use in conjunction with The Seach for Leadership (above) this toolkit presents nine self-assessment questionnaires in nine separate modules with detailed implementation advice and guidance. Readership ~ A powerful stimulus to fresh thinking for business students. 22

EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT The rhetoric and reality



Rozana Huq, Forward by Professor Adrian Wilkinson

(Rozana worked as a freelance management consultant before she set up her own company RHM Training. She has also taught Organisational Behaviour on the MBA course at Queen’s University, Belfast.) 2010 ~ 108 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9565379-6-6 ~ £13.99 Ordering information and other formats

This is a thorough, detailed yet concise account of the author’s qualitative research into empowerment schemes. During her investigation into two organisations, Rozana Huq uncovers what works, what happens in practice, and what can be done better. Citing extensive academic sources, the book contains: • A clear navigation of the management literature and explanation of controversies. • The key concepts that must be addressed and where the problems in interpretation arise. • An outline of the research methodology and sample questions. • Her study of one large organisation with over 2000 employees and one small with 54 employees. • Direct feedback from boardroom members to frontline operatives about their experiences of empowerment, revealing common pitfalls. • An overview of the findings with suggestions on what needs to be considered before implementing an employee empowerment programme. “Dr Rozana Huq’s new publication is a delight ... taking the reader through the history and theory of ‘empowerment’ and ‘power’ with a clarity that is unusual in both academic and management literature.” Roz Goldie, Goldie Partnership Readership ~ A valuable resource for researchers and academics studying large and small organisations and the impact of empowerment programmes. 23


THE ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE AUDIT A guide to designing, implementing and evaluating change initiatives in your business Cambridge Strategy auditS

(Cambridge Audits are company self-assessment tools from the world’s leading authorities. Each of the audits combines interview and survey questions, checklists, discussion points and questionnaires, some of which can be scored.) 2008 ~ 132 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9557681-4-9 ~ £135.00 Ordering information and other formats

Every organisation is now involved in managing change. And many businesses will be running a programme or initiative designed to bring about significant changes in the way the organisation is structured, serves its customers, handles core business processes, uses teams, rewards employees, etc. Designed for in-company use by senior managers and consultants, the audit makes an ideal Action Learning tool for any MBA or business studies programme. Its 5 steps take you through the following stages: 1. Understand and measure the pressures for change in your organisation. 2. Create a vision statement for change in your organisation. 3. Create a strategy for communicating the vision across your business. 4. Overcome resistance to change. 5. Implement the change programme. (This step offers five different techniques – decide which would work best in your situation).

Readership ~ Students and teachers on MBA programmes or leadership and management courses. 24

DANCING AT THE EDGE Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century



Graham Leicester and Maureen O’Hara

(Graham is director of International Futures Forum and Maureen is Professor of Psychology, National University, La Jolla, California, and President Emeritus of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Institute, San Francisco.) 2012 ~ pp. 172 ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-98-2 ~ £12.00 Ordering information and other formats

Every society has its own ‘cultural givens’ – familiar assumptions, values, routines, customs, beliefs and rituals. When people feel threatened by change and disruption, they tend to cling tightly to these givens. But a few let go willingly, stepping into the storm, welcoming their status as refugees in a world where the old order is collapsing. These are the people that psychologist Carl Rogers called ‘persons of tomorrow’. They follow Steve Jobs’ advice: ‘Don’t settle. Stay hungry, stay foolish.’ Graham Leicester and Maureen O’Hara invite us to develop ‘21st-century competencies’ in our ways of being, thinking, organising and acting, beginning by looking at the widespread cultural disturbance we face ...and the creative strategies we have found to avoid acknowledging it. The book draws on their extensive research with business, cultural and political leaders and on the four pillars of learning identified in Jacques Delors’ UNESCO report: learning to be, learning to know, learning to do, and learning to live together.

Readership ~ A book for educators, researchers, social anthropologists, psychologists, policy-makers and aspiring persons of tomorrow. 25


MONKEYS WITH TYPEWRITERS Myths and realities of social media at work Jemima Gibbons

(Jemima has been a TV producer, Lecturer at Cass Business School, head of Interactive KnowHow and on the Fellowship Council at the RSA.) 2009 ~ 232 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9562631-4-8 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

The book looks at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites, blogging and microblogging, social bookmarking, crowdsourcing and other social media. It addresses their true impact on the workplace, in terms of creativity, knowledge-sharing, transparency, customer feedback and open innovation. It explains exactly what managers can do to ensure a smooth transition to a more creative, collaborative working environment. Jemima Gibbons interviewed more than 50 thought leaders in social media and here gathers their insights alongside the wisdom of CEOs of small start-ups and lessons from senior staff at BT, Ford, IBM and Shell. “A book that I can certainly highly recommend everyone to read, if you would want to see how social computing is changing not just the way we do business, but also who we are as social knowledge workers.” Luis Suarez, Knowledge Manager, IBM “…a new and refreshing read, a sparkling gem in a field of proliferating drudgery of ‘read this now and it will change your life’ books… a rich tapestry of current thinking and practices that harness the power of open information flow in the realtime web.” John Horniblow, Convergence Media expert

Readership ~ This is a key source for researchers looking to understand the impact of social media at work. 26

THE INNOVATION ACID TEST Growth Through Design and Differentiation Andrew Jones

(Andrew is a cultural anthropologist, has taught at Alabama University and Lancaster University Management School and runs his own organisational consultancy.) 2008 ~ 196 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9550081-5-3 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

This book sets out the defining practices and procedures of some of the world’s most innovative (and successful) companies – Southwest Airlines, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Google, Innocent Drinks, Shanghai Tang and others. It reveals a pattern of distinctive ways (Design Thinking) in which they differentiate themselves from traditional firms: from managing the business and running the workplace to talking to customers and recruiting, motivating and rewarding staff. From this pattern, Andrew Jones constructs a ‘Design Thinking’ model built on the principles of architecture, design and anthropology. He sets out the rules for implementing that model and creating organisations equipped to ‘manage the known’ and to ‘build the unknown’. “The case studies will be very helpful in giving students, who are already in senior management positions, examples of successful innovation in the workplace. Also it is important that the students can relate theory to practice and I believe this book does that very well.” Janette Wyper, Centre for Academic & Professional Development, University of the West of Scotland “Design is not to be seen as added value but the corporate strategy. It is about growth through differentiation, innovation and sustainable competitive advantage. If the anthropological perspective is to be judged by the growth in ethnographic consultancies, then its importance is finally and logically being recognised in a role beyond marketing and advertising.” Ann Kelly, CMI Readership ~ Researchers and academics will find a statement of what defines current management and organisational best practice. 27





Incubating Innovation and Teamwork at The Economist Andrew Carey

(Andrew was invited to sit in with The Economist’s innovation team in their London office and wrote this account immediately afterwards.) 2008, 232pp., paperback, 978-0-9550081-6-0, £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

This book chronicles the work of six staff members at The Economist magazine, who were given £100,000 and six months to come up with ‘the next big, Internet-related thing’ that the publishing giant should do. The book unravels the many dilemmas the team faced, including: • How businesses should prepare for the next phase of web innovation. • How to integrate a team of technical and non-technical people. • How to balance calls for transparency and the need for commercial secrecy. • How innovation might work in a world of online social networking and blogging. • How to evaluate ideas and choose the best. • How well current theories of innovation work in practice. “I’d highly recommend this book to any team embarking on an innovation initiative… it examines a lot of the issues and challenges of building an innovation team and doing the difficult, messy work of innovation.” Jeffrey Phillips, Consultant, OVO Innovation “…A series of reflections on the innovation process that highlights the limitations of the conventional… “how-to” approach of most management books… There are few answers here but lots of good questions.” David K. Hurst, Strategy + Business “If you are currently planning an innovation project or culture change at your organization, this book is an essential read to help remind you of the potential pitfalls that await you in such an undertaking.” Braden Kelley, Innovation consultant Readership ~ Anyone researching or studying innovation, creativity or collaboration in business or the public sector. 28

THE FAILURE FILES Perspectives on Failure Edited by David Hillson



(David Hillson is an international risk management consultant, and Director of Risk Doctor & Partners. He is active in the Project Management Institute and a contributor to the RSA’s Risk Commission.) 2011 ~ 168 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-30-2 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

Many of us are afraid of failure and spend our lives trying to avoid it. The Failure Files is a call to open up discussions about how to build appropriate responses to failure into our society, our workplaces and our personal lives. In 2009, the Royal Society of the Arts’s Glory of Failure project determined to bring failure into the public sphere, and to acknowledge that doing something wrong is an essential part of achievement. The Failure Files came out of this project. In the book, experts in a range of business and social fields discuss different aspects of the concept of failure and how it relates to a variety of settings in today’s society – including business, education, social history, psychology and the public services. “Individuals, organisations and communities must learn to reframe the meaning of failure, we must stop it being a taboo topic, we must resist fuelling a blame culture and we must embrace failure as something glorious. Failure is crucial to individual learning, innovation and social progress. This book raises intelligent arguments on the broad topic of failure and is a must read for anyone interested in innovation, entrepreneurship or their own ability to learn from failure.” H. Lucy Gower (‘lucyinnovation’ – review on Amazon) Readership ~ For organisational psychologists, people studying risk management or researchers in the area of public policy. 29


THREE HORIZONS The Patterning of Hope Bill Sharp

(Bill is an independent researcher in science, technology and society. With a background in psychology, he is particularly interested in drawing on leading edge research in cognition and systems thinking to find new ways of tackling complex problems. He was formerly a research director at Hewlett Packard Laboratories.) 2013 ~ 132 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-909470-24-8 ~ £12.00 Ordering information and other formats

The three horizons are about much, much more than simply stretching our thinking to embrace the short, medium and long term. They offer a coordinated way of managing innovation, a way of creating transformational change that has a chance of succeeding, a way of dealing with uncertainty and a way of seeing the future in the present. In this beautifully illustrated book, Bill Sharpe introduces the Three Horizons framework as a prompt for developing a ‘future consciousness’ and explores how to put that awareness to work to create the futures we aspire to. The book first outlines the Three Horizons framework and the practices it supports, including case studies of its effective application in rural community development, education, healthcare and elsewhere. In the final section, Sharpe outlines the potential of future consciousness as a shared cultural practice, exploring his intuition that “we have within us a far deeper capacity for shared life than we are using, and that we are suffering from an attempt to know our way into the future instead of live our way”.

Readership ~ Those studying public policy, planning and horizon scanning, organisational design or community development. 30




Donald N. Michael ~ Introduction by Graham Leicester, IFF

(In a long career as a genius, Don was Professor of Planning and Public Policy and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.) 2010 ~ 124 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9562631-8-6 Ordering information and other formats

“We need to acknowledge that, somehow, ... the skills that got us here are inadequate to get us out.” The five essays presented here are part of a thoughtful commentary on the single question: how to make a difference in the face of all that stands in the way of making a difference? The essays take on those messy, seemingly intractable issues – where paradox, ambiguity and complexity characterise the landscape, where rapid change means yesterday’s solution no longer works, where only genuine innovation has any chance of success. Contents: 1. Technology and the Management of Change from the Perspective of a Culture Context 2. Forecasting and Planning in an Incoherent Context 3. With Both Feet Planted Firmly in Mid-Air 4. Leadership’s Shadow: The Dilemma of Denial 5. Some Observations with Regard to a Missing Elephant “On occasion, a non-fiction book will have lasting value, or even become more valuable or timely. The five essays in this slim book ... are all noteworthy in today’s climate of ever-growing complexity… This volume is handsomely produced, with whimsical sketches of elephants and butterflies scattered throughout, perhaps to leaven the profound seriousness of the message.” Michael Marien, Global Foresight Books Readership ~ A thoughtful and provocative book for researchers and students of scenario planning, futures, public policy, change management and management and leadership. 31


MONEY AND SUSTAINABILITY The Missing Link Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner and Stefan Brunnhuber

(Bernard is an expert in the design of currency systems, working for 30 years as a central banker, fund manager, academic and consultant. Christian is Professor of Economics at the Université catholique de Louvain. Sally is director of the Integral Science Institute. Stefan is a socioeconomist and psychiatrist, former Visiting Fellow at the C.G. Jung Institute.) 2012 ~ 216 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-7-53 ~ £24.00 Ordering information and other formats

Our money system is outdated, brittle and unfit for purpose. It causes the endless cycle of boom and bust, widens the gap between rich and poor, creates unemployment and undermines sustainability. It is the single structural cause common to all 145 banking crises, 208 monetary crashes and 72 sovereign-debt crises identified by the IMF since 1970. This new Club of Rome report proposes an alternative: a monetary ‘ecosystem’ with complementary currencies working alongside the conventional one. This is more flexible, resilient, fair and sustainable. The book proposes an alternative money ecosystem which systematically addresses and resolves the problems created by the present system. This practical proposal is illustrated by nine case studies of different complementary currencies which are either running now or could be implemented at short notice in cities and regions around the world. [For more on regional currencies, see People Money on the adjacent page.]

Readership ~ This book is a guide for researchers and anyone interested in understanding money systems and their role in the environment and society. 32

PEOPLE MONEY The Promise of Regional Currencies Margrit Kennedy, Bernard Lietaer, John Rogers

(Margrit’s work has been instrumental in starting 60+ regional currency initiatives in German-speaking Europe. Bernard is an expert in the design of currency systems, working for 30 years as a central banker, fund manager, academic and consultant. John is an expert on local currencies and co-founded the Wales Institute for Community Currencies.) 2012 ~ 200 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-76-0 ~ £20.00 Ordering information and other formats

This is a comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of regional currencies. It shows how regional currencies can transform the lives and wellbeing of local communities and sustain businesses, how local authorities can participate in their success and why regional currencies are of vital importance to the future of our communities, regions and countries. It is also a comprehensive guide to the development process and implementation of a regional currency. Regional currencies featured in the book include: ~ Banco Palmas, Brazil ~ WIR Bank, Switzerland ~ The Business Exchange, Scotland ~ Community Connect Trade, USA ~ RES, Belgium ~ PuntoTRANSaccioines, El Salvador ~ Brixton Pound, England ~ Talente Tauschkreis Vorarlberg, Austria ~ Equal Dollars, USA ~ BerkShares, USA ~ Chiemgauer, Germany ~ SOL Violette, France ~ Ithaca HOURS, USA ~ Dane County Time Bank, USA ~ Blaengarw Time Centre, Wales ~ Community Exchange System, S. Africa Readership ~ This book is a guide for researchers and anyone interested in understanding regional currencies and their role in the environment and society. 33




ECONOMIES OF LIFE Patterns of Health and Wealth Bill Sharpe

(An independent researcher in Science and Technology, Bill was formerly a research director at Hewlett Packard.) 2010 ~ 100 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-956263-17-9 ~ £12.00 Ordering information and other formats

Economies of Life argues cogently that there is a ‘default assumption that there is only one economy in our lives – the economy based on money. In fact, there are many economies, of which the one based on money is just one. They all contribute to the health and sustainability of our shared lives’. So, money is the currency of trade, and art is the currency of experience. In his collection of five essays, Bill Sharpe uses the principles of ecological thinking to redefine our hitherto narrow understanding of terms like economy and value. The essays consider what keeps each economy healthy, what sort of wealth each one accumulates and which policies are most supportive of innovation and sustainability in a changing world. “A fresh perspective on value that reclaims the pivotal role of the arts in the economy of meaning. Thought-provoking reading for policy-makers, grant givers and for artists themselves.” Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO, National Arts Strategies, Washington DC “Invaluable insights to help us build a shared approach to arts practice, measurement and funding. An essential guide to understanding the dilemma between making money and making meaning.” Dick Penny, Managing Director, Watershed and Chair, Bristol Old Vic Readership ~ Academics in the fields of economics, policy and entrepreneurship, and anyone with an interest in arts and society and arts funding. 34

READY FOR ANYTHING Designing Resilience for a Transforming World Anthony Hodgson

(Tony founded Decision Integrity Limited after a consulting career spanning public, private and voluntary sectors, from Hewlett Packard and Statoil to the UK National Health Service.) 2008 ~ 108 pp. ~ Hardback ~ 978-1-908009-46-3 ~ £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

Population, climate, energy, resilience... The World System Model and IFF World Game Working closely with the internationallyrenowned International Futures Forum (IFF), futurist Tony Hodgson has developed, tried, tested and fine-tuned a model (The World System Model) and a practical application (The IFF World Game) that have already helped many different groups to ask the big questions and generate their own answers. This book describes and explains the model, which offers the clearest way yet of examining and understanding the interconnected problems we face and of formulating creative and transformative ways of approaching those problems. It also explains how to make the model immediately accessible – in the form of The IFF World Game – to any group (school governors, city councillors, health service managers, concerned citizens, boards of directors, UN High Commission). It uses case studies to show how it has already been used in eight different situations from a national economics research council to a city school. Readership ~ Students and teachers of international development, governmental and environmental policy researchers, as well as policy makers. 35





(Sandra is a movement teacher, artist, director and movement psychotherapist. She teaches an annual programme of workshops called Move into Life and is an Honorary Fellow at Exeter University.) 2011 ~ 72 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-32-6 ~ £12.50 Ordering information and other formats

This book describes nine lenses through which the body is conventionally viewed and explains their relevance to movement, performance and psychotherapy in terms of the way we think about ourselves: • The body as object (the Cartesian approach, linked to Western individualism) • The body as subject (referencing physical theatre and Brook, Grotowski and Barba) • The phenomenological body (the body holds its own meaning – the ‘lived’ body as discussed by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty) • The somatic body (familiar to Feldenkrais, BMC and somatics practitioners) • The contextual body (paying attention to selfreflection and self-awareness) • The interdependent body (introducing matching, guiding and kinetic mirroring) • The environmental body (the Santiago theory of cognition; incorporated habits; the effect of moving in nature) • The cultural body (an awareness of culturally specific, daily-life movement and Csordas’s view of embodiment) • The ecological body (the author’s approach – drawing on Suprapto Suryodarmo’s Amerta Movement, on Buddhist mindfulness and on notions of ‘interbeing’.) Readership ~ Designed as a guide and stimulus for teachers, students and practitioners of dance, performance, movement, somatics and arts therapy – this is also a resource for anyone needing a brief overview of approaches to the body. 36

BODY AND PERFORMANCE Ways of Being a Body Series Edited by Sandra Reeve

(Sandra is a movement teacher, artist, director and movement psychotherapist. She teaches an annual programme of workshops called Move into Life and is an Honorary Fellow at Exeter University.) 2013 ~ 192 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-909470-28-6 ~ £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

Following on from Sandra Reeve’s Nine Ways of Seeing a Body (see adjacent page), this new edited collection brings together a wide range of contemporary approaches to the body that are being used by performers or in the context of performance training. The intention is for students, dancers, performers, singers, musicians, directors and choreographers to locate their own preferred approach(es) to the body-in-performance amongst the lenses described here. The collection is also designed to facilitate further research in that direction as well as to signpost alternatives that might enrich their current vocabulary. All 12 approaches represent the praxis and research of their authors. The chapters reveal a wide variety of different interests but they share the common framework of the notion of ‘body as flux’, of ‘no fixed or determined sense of self’ and of supporting the performer’s being-becoming-being as a skilful creative entity, emphasising the intelligence of the body at work.

Readership ~ Teachers and students of performance and dance and researchers and academics in these areas. 37




THRIVABILITY Breaking Through to a World that Works Jean M. Russell

(Jean Russell is a facilitator and social ecosystem designer. She works with clients internationally to take them through the crucial questions of creating and nurturing teams and networks to develop healthy and productive collaborations.) 2013 ~ 192 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-909470-28-6 ~ £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

A fantastic systems approach to complexity – flying through biomimicry and social network dynamics to see the deeper patterns to creating a world that works. Well worth picking up and a great tool for professors to help students level up quickly – especially if you’re wondering what happens after ‘sustainability’. Evonne Heyning Jean Russell’s book is exactly what we’ve been waiting for: a book which is realistic about the challenges currently facing humanity while providing an uplifting and positive strategy for tackling these challenges through the most recent developments in the complexity, systems and cognitive sciences. This book is going straight into the set readings for my environmental management students Andrea Berardi

This book’s three parts – perceiving, understanding and doing – form a useful guide to some of the key thinking that already exists around the social, economic, political and environmental challenges of our time and combine understanding of theoretical approaches with practical approaches. This is one of those books that could start change anywhere. It could turn upside down the mindset of a college student. It shows how any organisation can change its approach to work at any level or turn around the ethos of the business.

Readership ~ Teachers and students of environmental management, sustainability, leadership, business and economics. 38

TOWARDS THE THIRD MODERNITY How Ordinary People Are Transforming the World Alain de Vulpian

(Internationally renowned sociologist and political scientist, founder of Groupe Cofremca and co-founder of Sociovision.) 2008 ~ 288 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9550081-9-1 ~ £25.00 Ordering information and other formats

Drawing on the author’s fieldwork as one of Europe’s foremost social observers since World War II, this book offers a detailed, decade-by-decade analysis of how social, family and political mores have changed in different European countries and in North America. From fashion to trade unions to religion to sex to shopping to holidays and travel, the book monitors how and when our views changed. A fascinating insight into the mechanics of the social revolution that we all know has happened but cannot easily define. The author’s painstaking research and analysis help us to make sense of changes that we have all seen in our lifetimes, addressing questions like: • When and why did parents start dressing like their children? • Why have our attitudes to work and the work-life balance changed so radically? • Why did people so suddenly stop respecting the police, the church and other authority figures? • Why is celebrity status suddenly so important? • Why was the political radicalism of 1968 abandoned so quickly, by students especially? • Why do advertisements from even 10 years ago seem so ridiculous now? Readership ~ Academics and students in the fields of sociology, history, politics, government and planning and social anthropology. 39




MYTHOGEOGRAPHY A Guide to Walking Sideways Phil Smith

(Phil is Visiting Lecturer at Exeter and Plymouth Universities, a member of Wrights & Sites and an accomplished author and playwright.) 2010 ~ 256 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-0-9562631-3-1 ~ Lovely Ed. £28.00 ~ Economical Ed. £15.00 Ordering information and other formats

Mythogeography is born out of psychogeography – an approach to geography that emphasises playfulness and cultivates awareness of urban environments. Mythogeography invites pedestrians to ‘drift’ in order to notice their surroundings. Reading the book is itself a process of drifting. The first half tells the epic tale of a journey taken by the author. The second half has advice, tasks, guidance, kits and mental maps for the reader who wants to take the next step. Mixing rambling discourses and post-dramatic performance with soft architecture and post-politics-politics, this is a guide to strolling in the cracks in the pavement and a means to walking out on the Spectacle. “…Involving, passionate and often very funny storytelling.” Des de Moor, Walk, The Ramblers’ Magazine “...This compilation of diary and notebook entries, manifestos and other assembled documents is an intriguing exploration into the practices of a loose coalition of exploratory walkers, pedestrian geographers, and drifting groups.” New Theatre Quarterly “…A stimulating account of pedestrian resistance activities happening on- and off-pavement and down the unbeaten paths of our car- and road-obsessed culture. Here can be found, in a good sense, a guide to some truly pedestrian art.” ARLIS, Art Libraries Society News Readership ~ An extraordinary and unexpected book for academics in the fields of drama, performance studies, tourism and heritage and geography, as well as performers, curious walkers and weary psychogeographers. 40

COUNTER-TOURISM: THE HANDBOOK A handbook for those who want more from heritage sites than a tea shoppe and an old thing in a glass case Phil Smith

(Phil is Visiting Lecturer at Exeter and Plymouth Universities, a member of Wrights & Sites and an accomplished author and playwright.) 2012 ~ 228 pp. ~ Paperback ~ 978-1-908009-86-9 ~ Lovely Ed. £32.00 ~ Economical Ed. £17.50 Ordering information and other formats

Counter-Tourism is an invitation to tourists to completely transform their experience of the heritage-tourism industry and its many sites. Like the moon, the heritage business has a dark side! Beneath the simple stories in the Visitor Guide and behind the locked gates marked PRIVATE in heritage sites, there lies a multitude of inconvenient stories, hilarities, wonders, absurdities, extremes and entertaining outrages. When Counter-Tourism opens the doors, tourism becomes a funny, shocking, revelatory, subversive and adventurous life-changing experience rather than a deferential procession through the unrevealing homes and castles of Heritage plc. In Part 1, there are hundreds of tactics and colour photos, philosophical diversions and asides, making this a book for anyone who wants to explore the ideas of counter-tourism in depth. Part 2 has ideas on how to extend the tactics into interventions that can be planned and performed in heritage sites. And Part 3 goes on to suggest open ‘infiltrations’ that can be used by artists, performers, radical tourists and even heritage site managers themselves to reinvent their own sites. Readership ~ Academics in the fields of drama, performance studies, tourism and heritage and geography, as well as artists, performers and heritage site managers. 41




A SARDINE STREET BOX OF TRICKS Crab Man and Signpost (Crab Man – Phil Smith – is a Visiting Lecturer at Exeter and Plymouth Universities, a member of Wrights & Sites and an accomplished author and playwright. Signpost – Simon Persighetti – is also a Wrights & Sites member and a lecturer at University College, Falmouth. His background is in community arts and touring theatre.) 2012 ~ 84 pp. ~ Paperback, 978-1-908009-57-9 ~ £7.50 Ordering information and other formats

The book is describes a range of different approaches and tactics to walk-performances, and illustrates them with examples from the authors’ mis-guided ‘Tour of Sardine Street’ that they created for Queen Street in Exeter during 2011. The book encourages different ways of perceiving an environment, and offers tactics for engaging with people, objects and ideas. For example: • Wear something that sets you apart and gives others permission to approach you: “Excuse me, what are you supposed to be?” • Take a can of abject booze from the street or a momentary juxtaposition of a dove and a plastic bag and mould them, through an action, into an idea. • Attend to the smallest things. • Examine the cracks in your street and the mould on its walls, note its graffiti, collect its detritus, observe how its pavements are used and abused. • Set yourself tasks that passers-by will be intrigued by: they will enjoy interrupting and even joining in with you. • Draw upon ambiguous, ironical or hollowed-out rituals to complement the multiplicity of your walk with intensity of feeling or depth of engagement. Readership ~ Teachers, students and practitioners of drama, site-specific performance and performance art. 42

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