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The Complex Buddhist: Doing Good in a Challenging World bridges and interweaves complexity, social innovation and Buddhist practice and thinking. It is within the co-mingled fluid states of each that real innovation lurks and the emergent possible is but a breath away. And while these essays all reflect a very human attempt to raise questions and find answers to pressing social issues, they are also never very far from the sound of laughter and humor.
Each of these inquires requires us to meet the world exactly as it is and as it continually shows-up. To do otherwise delivers nothing more than a fabrication of our biases, projections, and prejudices. But when those bias projections and prejudices surface, if we are unable to laugh at ourselves for once again slipping on the proverbial banana peel, we obviously still have a great deal of work to do. As the Complex Buddhist, I am always slipping. But I also know, that every interaction has the possibility of transformation and that’s why I keep getting up.
About the author
Ron Schultz has written, co-written and edited 25 published books on social innovation, emergence, and entrepreneurship. In 2014, he received the Social Innovation Leadership Award from the World CSR Congress. His other books include: Adjacent Opportunities —Sparking Emergent Social Action (Emergent Publications, 2010); Creating Good Work—The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); The Mindful Corporation: Liberating the Human Spirit at Work (with Paul Nakai) (Leadership Press, 2000); and Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation through Complexity (with Howard Sherman) (Perseus Books, 1998). Ron is the co-founder of Waterman Aylsworth, LLC and founder of Red Tiger & Associates, and Entrepreneurs4 Change, organizations dedicated to mindfulness-based social innovation and entrepreneurship. His current columns, Adjacent Opportunities and Creating Good Work, appear in the journal, Emergence: Complexity and Organization and on CSRwire, respectfully.