Koinonia: From Hate, through Dialogue, to Culture in the Large Group

Koinonia: From Hate, through Dialogue, to Culture in the Large Group

Koinonia: From Hate, through Dialogue, to Culture in the Large Group

Koinonia: From Hate, through Dialogue, to Culture in the Large Group

Synopsis

A study of the larger group, focusing on the processes and dynamics whereby the group micro-culture emerges. As the initial frustrations of the group find expression in hate, this is transformed through dialogue to what the Greeks knew as 'koinonia', or the state of impersonal fellowship.

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Pamela Pomerance Steiner

The past

Ten years ago I was an American living in London and working for the Green Alliance, an organization whose purpose was to stimulate discussion between Members of Parliament and proponents of the environmental paradigm. I had worked as an environmentalist for a number of years by then and had seen little of the progress desperately needed. My recent divorce had propelled me into psychotherapy. I was so impressed by the changes occurring in myself in response to the therapy that I came to believe that future progress on behalf of the environment could occur only through some new way of working for political change that reflected the kind of approach changing me. I had long been able to ask the question raised in this volume, 'why is it that intelligent people perpetuate cultures that are so self-destructive?' Now I imagined finding some sort of answer through sys-

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