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Last call for fellows program sponsored by Fielding Graduate University, The CMM Institute, & The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society at Villanova University

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

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Applications for the 2012-2013 CMM Institute Fellows Program are due by September 30, 2012.

The CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, Fielding Graduate University's Institute for Social Innovation, & The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society at Villanova University are proud to announce the second annual Fellows Program for 2012-2013.

The focus for the 2012/2013 Fellows program is “Transforming Communication.”

As we all know, social worlds are not all alike.  Some support lives of compassion, love, dignity and joy better than others.  Several taxonomies for naming these distinctions have been developed by theorist such as Robert Kegan and Ken Wilbur.

Communication is the generative force in the production of social worlds.  The “communication perspective” directs attention to those patterns of communication.  Once we look “at” communication, then we can ask the follow-up question:  How can we change patterns of communication that produce less desirable social worlds in our families, schools, workplaces, and communities into those that produce more desirable social worlds?

Barnett Pearce describes this as an “upward” move (as distinguished from the “backward” and “forward” moves) in the first chapter of Making Social Worlds:  A Communication Perspective (2007, Wiley-Blackwell).

We will be honoring and supporting the work of two Fellows who are engaged in research and/or practice in the broad area of taking the communication perspective. The 2013 Fellows will receive $5,000.00 and have their work featured on the websites and newsletters of the three sponsoring institutions.

Application Process

Your desire to become a Fellow is formalized by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) form to the CMM Institute by September 30, 2012.  The letter should include a 3-page single spaced description of your proposed project, your rationale for this project, your methodology and the anticipated outcomes. The LOI can bedownloaded here.

If you are invited to become a Fellow we will inform you by January 1, 2013 and ask that your project be completed by July, 2013.  Both Fellows will present their work at a half-day seminar hosted by Fielding Graduate University in July, 2013. 

Each Fellow will receive a cash award of $5,000.00 and have their work featured in the newsletters, websites, and other publications of the collaborating Institutes. 

For more information, contact Kim Pearce at

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