This is my doctoral dissertation. It’s long, but its saving grace is that it probes and describes the interwoven nature of interpersonal and political dynamics in organizational settings. It studies and details the evolution of a 900-member community arts organization in which every member had the chartered right to participate as equals in all decision-making contexts.
Many people believe that fully democratic systems will and should proliferate in the Anthropocene. This extensive analysis of what happened to one organization that started out with this commitment may provide some insight into the challenges implicit in these aspirations.