This book helps break down and analyze the process of solid decision-making. From the examination of decisions that went poorly, to a concrete set of steps to consider when making new decisions, the process in this book helps decision makers feel confident in their decisions and be able to communicate their process clearly. Using the process of moral imagination to make decision includes gathering all perspectives, imagining creative solutions and choosing empathetically. While looking at real world, predominantly education-based examples, readers are encouraged to see where decisions fell apart and learn how to plan around blind spots. This process includes solutions for common decision-making mistakes and ways to reflect and improve on what is to come.
Catherine L. Sommervold is an Associate Professor and Director of the Doctorate of Education program at Doane University. Dr. Sommervold’s interest include decision making, moral imagination, creativity and program creation.
Chapter 1: A Journey To A Process
Chapter 2: What Are The Parts?
Chapter 3: Stakeholders
Chapter 4: Conditions
Chapter 5: Antecedent Events
Chapter 6: Blind Spots
Chapter 7: Empathy
Chapter 8: Consequences
Chapter 9: Imaginative Solutions
Chapter 10: Reflection
Chapter 11: Moral Imagination In Practice
Chapter 12: Moral Imagination For Organizational Decision Making
Chapter 13: Afterward
Appendix: A Brief History Of Moral Imagination\
About the Author
With Moral Imagination is a timely resource for daily living in relationships. With so many sources of information coming at us, it is easier to respond in kind; fast and click. Author Cate Sommervold provides communication and process skills for what is missing in decision making at all levels. From daily living to nation policies, our decisions affect lives and this book brings out the human side of decision making.
Dr. Sommervold's recent publication Decision Making With Moral Imagination comes in a season that the influence of our how to make decisions is greatly impacted by what we understand about the complexity of the process. As she articulates to the reader the necessity of going beyond the surface but living in productive struggle to reach the other side that embodies an opportunity to acquire skills that lead to confidence in actions that may be implemented for the greater future of stakeholders.
In an era where we need empathy and solutions more than ever before, Sommervold's theory of using moral imagination could not be more timely. We are currently tasked with solving societal, medical, and climate crises we've never tackled before. Voices who have too long gone unheard are demanding their righteous space and the world at last seems ready to listen. By using the concepts behind moral imagination, we can use the best learning of our past to create innovative new solutions for our present and future. Sommervold's clear writing, real-world scenarios, and helpful scaffolding of her process make this a workbook for the times we live in.