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Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups

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A groundbreaking, comprehensive program for designing effective and socially equitable groups of all sizes—from businesses and social justice groups to global organizations.

Whether you work in business or schools, volunteer in neighborhoods or church organizations, or are involved in social justice and activism, you understand the enormous power of groups to enact powerfu
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Context Press
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Josh
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just getting started reading, but have skimmed the rest and already love it. The book is about the way that communities and groups can work together in high performance, prosocial ways.

It's based on the group design principles that won Elinor Ostrom the Nobel Prize in economics. She looked at how groups with limited resources could work together and solve complex problems. She also did detailed research on how that kind of prosocial group behavior is more common than we're often told.

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Dora Okeyo
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was new for me, because I am not well versed with Evolutionary science and the first thing I did as I started reading this book was look up Ostrom's Principles. It's an insightful book especially for anyone working with groups in whichever context- and for me, communities in rural areas.
The book attempts to answer how exactly do you design, build, and sustain effective groups? It's an interesting approach, one that I believe anyone who is new to evolutionary science would find interesting.
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Jreader
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a combination of being a very good management technique book, based upon the Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom's work, and a sales pitch to sell this method to you by persons who are manufacturing the Kool-Aid of part of the ACT cult.

If you have a management background and are not a narcissist, this will make sense and you will be translating the ACT-influenced talk to whatever your background (most likely you yuppie from business indoctrination of the 90's and early 00's). If you were mi
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Gustaf Waxegård
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I am a Prosocial facilitator. Prosocial was identified as the perhaps most promising framework to match the organizational complexities I studied in my PhD-work, and I subsequently learned the method from (mainly) P.A, one of the authors. I was kindly asked to contribute with an honest review of this book, and got a free copy to do so.

A scalable, flexible, approach with a succinct behaviour change component to work with the variables of greatest importance to perform in a complex mo
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Rebeca Núñez
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Libro muy interesante, para quienes lideren grupos principalmente, pero también para quienes no, ya que es importante formarnos, para poder tener una mejor conciencia de nuestro desempeño en los grupos de los que tomamos parte. Los conceptos están bien explicados, desde los más básicos, y es interesante que ademas de los conceptos teóricos, podamos ver aspectos más prác
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Mark Volner
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot from this book and continue to learn from it. This book is a guide into the evolutionary science that explains how groups can thrive and work well with other groups. It has a lot of great examples and takes you step-by-step through the process of implementing prosocial with any kind of group. Check out The Prosocial Path @ http://prosocial.world to get free online tools that can help you implement prosocial as you go through this book. ...more
Niklas Laninge
An interesting application of Ostrom’s principles!
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May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Reads more like a textbook, authors often takes long-winded approaches to explaining things.
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Paul W.B. Atkins, PhD, is director of the Prosocial Institute, and senior research fellow with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University (ACU). His career has combined research and practice helping groups to thrive. His research has been published in the world’s leading management and psychology journals. As a facilitator and coach, he has helped thousan ...more

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