A POWERFUL STUDY ILLUMINATES OUR NATION′S COLLECTIVE CIVIC FAULT LINES
"Unique in its combination of personal exploration and rigorous empirical research, Max Klau brilliantly helps us to understand racial privilege and inequity from an interrelated systems perspective. This is a must read for everyone who has a passion to learn, to converse and connect with each other, and for the personal and systemic leadership required for social change for the betterment of self, others and society."
Cynthia Cherrey, president and CEO, International Leadership Association
"In this timely and remarkable book, Max Klau offers unique and important insights that compel leaders to think differently as they seek to address social and civic challenges in a more thoughtful and humanistic way. Must reading for social entrepreneurs."
Robert L. Gordon III, social entrepreneur and Cross Sector leader
"This book itself is a learning journey and a jewel for all those folks seeking to build community, bring diverse and different people together for a common goal, and anyone who craves unity and harmony in our divided and challenged world. Max Klau presents a personal and a national call to action that needs to be heard."
Charlie Rose, Senior Vice President and Dean, City Year
"With provocative and deeply reflective insight into his own journey as a White man in America, Max Klau′s research illuminates personal and systemic paths forward towards racial equality in America. Articulate and wise, Klau inspires because he provides both a sober analysis of the complexity of race relations, and provides a practical way forward."
Ronald Heifetz, co–founder, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
1. A Personal Quest 17
2. Introduction to Classic Social Psychology Experiments 37
3. Understanding Systems, Part I: Dynamics of Complex Systems 57
4. Understanding Systems, Part II: Development Toward Complexity and the Hidden Process Driving Social Change 85
5. The Separation Exercises 111
6. Findings at the Interpersonal and Intergroup Levels 143
7. The Whole System Level of Analysis 175
8. Lessons for the Real World, Part I: Seeing the System and the Process of Awakening 207
9. Lessons for the Real World, Part II: On Power, Control, and the Interconnectedness of Our Inner and Outer Worlds 231
10. The (Dual) Call to Action 269
Appendix A: Research Methodology Overview 309
Appendix B: Sample Questionnaire 311
Appendix C: Codes Related to Research Question 1 313
Appendix D: Responses to Question 2 317
Appendix E: Responses to Question 4 329
Appendix F: Quantitative Attention Distribution Charts by Exercise 333
Appendix G: Qualitative Data Related to Question 3 339