Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet
Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon
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In this groundbreaking book, three world-renowned psychologists reveal how professionals can succeed in carrying out Good Work—work that is both expert and socially responsible-even in these relentlessly market-driven times.
What does it mean to carry out "good work"? What strategies allow people to maintain moral and ethical standards at a time when market forces have unprecedented power and work life is being radically altered by technological innovation? These questions lie at the heart of this eagerly awaited new book. Focusing on genetics and journalism-two fields that generate and manipulate information and thus affect our lives in myriad ways-the authors show how in their quest to build meaningful careers successful professionals exhibit "humane creativity," high-level performance coupled with social responsibility.
Over the last five years the authors have interviewed over 100 people in each field who are engaged in cutting-edge work, probing their goals and visions, their obstacles and fears, and how they pass on their most cherished practices and values. They found sharp contrasts between the two fields. Until now, geneticists' values have not been seriously challenged by the demands of their work world, while journalists are deeply disillusioned by the conflict between commerce and ethics. The dilemmas these professionals face and the strategies they choose in their search for a moral compass offer valuable guidance on how all persons can transform their professions and their lives. Enlivened with stories of real people facing hard decisions, Good Work offers powerful insight into one of the most important issues of our time and, indeed, into the future course of science, technology, and communication.
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About the Authors
Howard Gardner is Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education Chairman of the Steering Committee of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the author of eighteen books, including Frames of Mind, Creating Minds, Leading Minds, Multiple Intelligences, and Intelligence Reframed. He has been honored with the MacArthur "Genius" award, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award, and eighteen honorary doctorates. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "CHICK-sent-me-high") is currently Professor at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and former Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His previous books include the best-selling Flow, Being Adolescent, The Evolving Self, Creativity, Finding Flow, and Becoming Adult. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Leisure Sciences. He lives in Claremont, California. William Damon is Professor in the Department of Education at Stanford University and Director of its Center on Adolescence. He is the author of The Moral Child, Some Do Care, Greater Expectations, and The Youth Charter.
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