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HOW FRED AND MERRELYN EMERY DIDN’T GET INTO THE PALGRAVE HANDBOOK OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE THINKERS

Merrelyn Emery with Don deGuerre and Philip Deering, August 2018

This is the story of how the work of Fred and Merrelyn Emery didn’t make it into The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers, Szabla, D.B., Passmore, W., Barnes, M., Gipson, A.N. (Eds). (2017). Palgrave Macmillan.
Invitations were extended to us to write two chapters documenting the work of both Fred and Merrelyn but ultimately neither chapter was found acceptable. This story extends over about two years with several twists and turns as the reasons for delaying publication of our contributions changed over time. We publish both chapters here exactly as they were last presented to the editors.

FRED EMERY: CREATOR OF TIMELESS WORK FROM A TIMELESS LAND

Merrelyn Emery, 2016

This chapter documents the evolution of an approach to social science based on material universals or reality, open systems theory (OST). OST diverges from approaches based on abstract universals. The chapter traces the development of its key concepts and attempts to convey some feeling for the man responsible for most of its development. It attempts to convey not only Fred’s intellectual brilliance but also hints at his complex mixture of free spirit, respecter of life, self-determination and participative democracy.

A PRACTICAL, CONTEXTUAL SOCIAL SCIENCE TO ENGAGE THE WORLD

Merrelyn Emery and Open Systems Theory, Don deGuerre and Philip Deering

Open Systems Theory (OST) as primarily developed by Fred and Merrelyn Emery in Australia provides an integrated set of concepts and constructs in both theory and practice to more accurately describe reality. A major part of the work is to research participative democratic structures, processes and governance as an alternative to dominant hierarchies.

NOTES ON CRISES AND DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Merrelyn Emery, 2020

As we battle Covid-19 we are relearning a lesson humanity has learnt many times before. It is cooperate or die.

FICTION VS REALITY: COMPETE UNTO DEATH VS COOPERATE TO SURVIVE: HUMAN NATURE VS B=PXE

Merrelyn Emery, 2020

In recent days we have seen headlines and news articles reporting on a real life example of Lord of the Flies albeit one with an entirely opposite lesson. The lesson from the original novel was that there is only a thin veneer of ‘civilization’ keeping us all from the savagery that always lurks deep within every person. Remove us from that civilization and the inner darkness will triumph with horrible destruction and death.

AFTERWARDS

Merrelyn Emery, 2010

When the ruins of our industrialized society lie scattered across the planet there will be a few picking amongst the rubble, trying to eke out their lives. Inevitably there will be a constant theme running through all the discussions as people collect to shelter at night – that theme will encompass a thousand whys?

 

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