Robert Kolodny, PhD,
is an organization development consultant working with a wide range of human systems internationally. Bob teaches at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and at the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod. He has been on the faculty at Columbia University and the New School.
Many practitioners, across a broad range of disciplines, carry a sense of impending ecological, economic, and social global crisis. Aware of an urgent need to shift how we live and how we understand what it means to be human, many are working for sustainable change. However, proposed solutions often perpetuate a retreat into isolation or a reach for tribal exclusivity and conformity. How then do we find solutions that integrate the need for belonging with the need to respect the uniqueness of the individual?