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Lekanne Deprez, Frank Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

ORGANIZATIONS ARE FLUID AFFAIRS, reflecting the changing needs of business and society. Ideally, they are flexible and reactive; unfortunately, in reality they are often cast in stone. But as we move further into the knowledge-based economy, any old ideas that we may have held about organizations must be cast aside.

The idea of companies as fluid entities is not new. As long ago as 1972, M. D. Cohen, J. G. March, and J. P. Olson introduced the so-called garbage can model into organizational science.1 What this suggested is that organizational space is nothing more than a mixture of people, solutions, choices, and problems that simply float round aimlessly until they happen to coincide and create a solution. This was a cynical commentary on the organizations of the old economy but there was much truth in the observation. Many companies spent increasing amounts of time trying to organize the garbage can.

Today, things are different. As we already discussed in Part I, the invisible, the intangible, is now what counts.

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Chapter Three - Therapy in Late Capitalism

Karnac Books ePub

Joel Kovel


A radical approaching the institution of psychotherapy often feels inclined to impale it with a barb updated from Marx's judgment on religion: where once was the opium of the people, here stands their heroin, a new, synthetic addiction, concocted out of the brew of late capitalist culture. The hostility is understandable, since therapy has in some respects been even more successful than religion in deflecting energy from the need for radical social change. Religion at least threatened capital with its immanent critique; like a superannuated retainer it reminded its master of a time when his power had not yet come to be, and therefore of one when it would pass away. Therapy, on the other hand, appears seamless: even when pretending to be transcendent, the reward it dangles is no eschatological grappling with ultimates but an ultimately mundane, “sensible” happiness, quite eligible for commodification. What is needed is a concrete and precise analysis of the many-sidedness of the phenomenon, situating it within the totality of its society and drawing attention to its liberating elements. In short, we must unearth the latent critical content of therapy, and set it against its more obvious conformism.

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Epilogue: TOENAILS Concluded

Ronnie Day Indiana University Press ePub

AFTER 1ST BATTALION, FIJI INFANTRY, WHICH WAS SENT IN ON 12 October to occupy Kolombangara, had scoured the island and reported no Japanese, Halsey on 15 October 1943 declared TOENAILS terminated. Two days before, the Japanese had similarly called an end to Se-gō as they ferried the last of the evacuated troops on Choiseul across the Bougainville Straits to Buin. The 13th Infantry described the trek up Choiseul as being as bad as the Slot crossing, with a shortage of food and with harassment by COMAIRSOLS aircraft the entire way.

TOENAILS had as its objective the securing of airfield sites from which to cover the invasion of Bougainville. This objective was fully achieved. When the landings went in at Torokina on Empress Augusta Bay on 1 November 1943, bypassing the Japanese stronghold at Buin, four New Georgia airfields – Munda, Segi, Ondonga, and Barakoma – based 350 planes.1 Of these, 200 were fighters. In the Bougainville air battles, fought from 1 to 11 November, the New Georgia–based fighters were instrumental in the destruction of the Japanese naval air forces. Ozawa’s Carrier Division 1, which Koga finally committed, lost 70 percent of its aircraft and 47 percent of its crews, according to the official historians, who also estimated that Kusaka lost 125 of 175 planes.2 New Georgia’s role in furthering the war effort against Rabaul did not end with Bougainville. After the Joint Chiefs made the decision to bypass Rabaul and neutralize the base from the air, the single-engine bombers advanced to the newly built airfields at Torokina, while all of the heavy bombers moved to Munda, where they based for the duration of the air campaign against Rabaul. When the 5th and 307th Bomb Groups (H) departed Munda in the spring of 1944, they flew over an isolated and devastated Rabaul, where the Japanese were reduced to living in hundreds of kilometers of tunnels, to base in the Admiralties and support the Allied offensive westward. Thus, unlike some Pacific War battles, New Georgia furthered the war effort against Japan.

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CHAPTER THREE What Is Trauma Exposure Response?

van Dernoot Lipsky, Laura; Burk, Connie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It was not until last week, after being gone months and after going and picking herbs day after day and making tinctures, that I could think again like myself. It really scared me because I wasn’t sure I was going to ever come back.

Mo O’Brien, a street medic who helped create one of the first medical clinics in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

If we are to do our work with suffering people and environments in a sustainable way, we must understand how our work affects us. We need to undertake an honest assessment of how our feelings or behaviors have changed in response to whatever trauma we have been exposed to. Generally speaking, a trauma exposure response may be defined as the transformation that takes place within us as a result of exposure to the suffering of other living beings or the planet. This transformation can result from deliberate or inadvertent exposure, formal or informal contact, paid or volunteer work. When we refer to trauma exposure response, we are talking about the ways in which the world looks and feels like a different place to you as a result of your doing your work.

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David Paul Appell FrommerMedia ePub



The bright lights and thumping clubs of Miami Beach; the vast, unspoiled expanse of Everglades National Park; and the “back country” of the Keys—South Florida has a little something for everyone. And don’t be fooled by the glammer-than-thou celebrity playground known as South Beach. While the chic elite do, indeed, flock to Miami’s coolest enclave, it’s surprisingly accessible to the average Joe. For every Philippe Starck–designed, bank account–busting boutique hotel on South Beach, there are Deco digs that are much less taxing on the pockets. For each pan-Mediterranean-Asian-fusion haute cuisine restaurant, there’s a down-home, no-nonsense Latin bodega serving up hearty fare at surprisingly cheap prices.

Beyond all the glitzy, Us Weekly–meets–beach blanket bacchanalia, Miami offers an endless number of sporting, cultural, and recreational activities to keep you entertained. Its variety of beaches includes some of America’s best. Plus, it has an array of shopping and nightlife activities including ballet, theater, and opera (as well as all the celebrity-saturated hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs that have helped make Miami so famous).

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