Thank you ProQuest for publishing my dissertation for my PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University about a local faith partnership's story of compassion + community (10616493). I have volunteered with this partnership for over five years with storycrafting consulting services, various human health + service programs, + leader coaching.
This dissertation shows possibilities for applied + creative research for people who desire to design strategic + actionable health systems after the heart of what matters to those who support people who experience suffering because they have been marginalized from access to basic needs + safe love. Onward now to the anthropology of writing for health systems <3:
I integrated data from photographs and stories with participant visions of an ideal future for partnerships. I combined organizational compassion and communitas from anthropology to search for the qualities of compassionate communitas in the sources. I call this approach storied systems design, + I continue to apply it to health systems in my current projects.
Unexpected findings emphasized partnerships as relationship whilst people walk with others through suffering, + the natural environment as the hosting context for partnerships that function as a health system. Some other themes involved transition to motherhood, desire for a spiritual family in the absence of a support system, + the need to address wealth disparity with a softer side of designing society similar to a photograph of a Last Supper quilt to comfort + beautify us from what ails us in-between the for-/non- profit divide.
Participants envisioned a world where clients + partners alike give/receive each other's unique giftedness for basic + safe love for all to thrive. Participants idealized this faith-inspired vision of spiritual hospitality as coming to the table. Findings matter for health systems as the demand for lay partnerships grows around the world, + for various needs essential to human flourishing.
Dissertation available for purchase via ProQuest. Per a contact at ProQuest, I am free to disseminate + promote my work in whatever medium or mode I choose (ProQuest if incorrect please advise). Access the dissertation via Scribd if you cannot afford the cost of purchase. I ask that you cite me, contact me if any questions about this dissertation for your current research so as to cite-it-well, + help me to promote this work in your social media channels + word-of-mouth.
Contact me if questions or intrigue about my current creative projects + future research that applies storied systems design to improve or support health systems, especially for perinatal lived experience + practice. Please visit the home page to learn more. Thank you ProQuest for staying student-centered, publishing the correct file, + answering my inquiries.
I saved the best for last: I birthed a beautiful baby boy whilst finishing candidacy. PhD- + Dr- Moms please contact me if you want encouragement + support! We succeed together.
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