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Praise from readers and reviewers
In Cooperative Wisdom, Don Scherer and Carolyn Jabs provide a friendly, accessible guide to tackling some of our most vexing problems. The five steps they propose are rooted in sophisticated philosophy but the great strength of their book is its collection of simple, practical examples that show how unintended problems arise and how solutions are possible. This is a book that will educate, inspire, and empower.
Dr. Nancy Unger
Author of Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History
A great read! Cooperative Wisdom helped me think more clearly about the skills I need to put together coalitions that produce benefits for everyone involved. The strategies recommended in the book produce results that are more thoughtful, more innovative and, in the end, more sustainable.
Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
What a wondrous gift your book is! I cannot thank the two of you enough for sharing these insights with the rest of us. How timely you are – we need this! I am looking forward to rereading and delving deeper in the values you so clearly articulate.
Retired Manager of Education for the Dana Corporation
In the forty years I’ve known him, Don Scherer has always embodied the best of what philosophy has to offer when applied to practical problems. In this wonderful book, he and his partner in dialogue, journalist Carolyn Jabs, shed light on how, drawing upon familiar virtues, we can develop powerful strategies for overcoming conflict and restoring cooperation. In example after example, the authors display powerful practices that provide fulfilling opportunities for converting life’s endless obstacles into the mutual flourishing for everyone committed to cooperation.
Dr. Tom Attig
Applied Philosopher and Author of The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love
Penetrating, accessible, and profoundly practical, Cooperative Wisdom delivers on its promise. It truly is a distillation of a lifetime of practical problem solving, a primer in how to transform unsustainable “environments” into sustainable ones. Scherer and Jabs have created nuanced and revitalizing characterizations of five dispositions essential to ethical consultation and conflict resolution.
Dr. Mark Aulisio
Consultant on Medical Ethics, Case Western Reserve
When a citizen comes into a meeting spouting anger, I recall how Cooperative Wisdom illustrates the power of analytic listening for the concrete steps I use to ameliorate the conflicts the community faces.
Mayor, Bowling Green, Ohio
When the Sagamore Institute, connects the many stakeholders living within the Adirondack Park, political, economic, social and ecological conflicts surface. Cooperative Wisdom provides a framework for resolving such conflicts by showing how the values we share to dwarf the issues that divide us.
Dr. Jeff Flagg
Program Director, The Sagamore Institute
Cooperative Wisdom is a book I would like to share and discuss with trusted friends. It doesn’t offer easy answers, but it does suggest new approaches to complicated conflicts like the ones my husband and I face in our ministry in Israel. The practices described in the book open up opportunities for cooperation in situations that might otherwise seem hopelessly deadlocked.
Dr. Angela Zimmann
Former Assistant to the Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land