Cooperative Wisdom

Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart

Non-Fiction - General
236 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2016
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Author Biography

Dr. Donald Scherer is Professor Emeritus in the Philosophy Department of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. For more than 40 years, he has thought deeply about environmental ethics and social environments in which people can thrive. Cooperative Wisdom distills insights gleaned from his research and writing, teaching and mentoring.

Dr. Scherer has also put his ideas into practice, winning national respect for devising innovative partnerships that respond effectively to incipient conflict. He has consulted with businesses, faith communities, volunteer organizations, and educational institutions including Georgia State University where he facilitated cooperation between the university and the surrounding metropolitan area and Santa Clara University where he worked to improve regional water management.
Among other projects, he has advised the World Wildlife Fund on enlisting Fortune 500 corporations in ecological restoration, promoted interfaith dialogue through the World Council of Churches, developed ethical guidelines for minimizing the harm associated with responding to oil spills with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), devised plans for exotic species management with regional park systems, and consulted with various cities on innovative design for urban corridors.

Dr. Scherer served as past president of Green Energy Ohio. He is the lead author of Upstream/Downstream: Issues in Environmental Ethics and co-author with Dr. James Child of Two Paths towards Peace. He lives with his wife, Char, in a wind-powered home in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Carolyn Jabs, MA, is an experienced professional writer with a reputation for insight and sensitivity in dealing with complex social issues. She has written hundreds of articles about families, ethics, environmental issues, and the Internet.

Her work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, Working Mother, and Family PC. Her award-winning column, Growing Up Online, is featured in regional parenting publications across the country. She is the author of The Heirloom Gardener and a contributor to Children and Nature: Making Connections.

Carolyn and her husband, David, live in Santa Barbara, California where she participates in the Women’s Fund, serves on the Board of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Communications and practices tai chi.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart by Donald Scherer PhD. and Carolyn Jabs M.A. is an insightful book for readers who prefer to do the right thing for others instead of bad and harmful deeds. Human beings flourish in settings where cooperation produces mutual benefits. The authors speak about the five social virtues, habits of thought and action that sustain cooperation despite change and conflict. The book has three practical strategies for each virtue, which is helpful in guiding readers to apply these virtues in their own lives. The examples drawn from history, family life, and current events show how these practices work and how they can be incorporated into our lives effectively.

The book is a good tool for all those who are looking for a better way to approach conflict and change. The book tells readers about the skills they need to develop to produce benefits for everyone involved when it comes to conflict resolution in relationships, families, the corporate world, and the government. It's well written and a good book for readers who want to understand and resolve conflicts in all parts of their lives. It's an engaging read as it is all about ethics and the authors' way of expressing these concepts is simple and easy to comprehend. The book is not only informative, but also educational, and shows how these virtues work very well when put together. It's a perfect book to bring people together and also when things fall apart.