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Integration of Bowen's Family System Theory
I come from a culture where family is considered the core of everyone’s existence. In the religious terms, it is the domestic church. In the social terms, it is the origin of society. In the political sense, it is considered the root of all politics, and in the global aspect, it is referred to as the reflection of the world we live in. My mother (God bless her soul) used to insist that if we want to make a difference in the community, we had to start from home, and indeed, she kept reminding us that charity begins from home.

Gerhard Berchtold, PhD

Universidad Azteca, Chalco-Mexico

February 10, 2012

Dr. Gerhard Berchtold identifies and compares various accreditation agencies. This article discusses the importance of international accreditation, along with quality auditing and certification.

Follow this link to read the article [pdf]

Revive an Old World

John M. Toothman, PhD
Professor of Psychology,  IOU Foundation

July 12, 2011



A sense of urgency is building about the malaise that hangs over society like a dark cloud of air pollution. A dismal struggle awaits any citizen of the world whose culture and social environment becomes increasingly dangerous, decaying, and hopeless. Cultural pollution is no less threatening than air pollution. Both deny healthy survival and ultimately threaten one’s very existence.
Natural Scholarship Shifts of Academics

By Cynthia Jackson, PhD,  IOU Foundation

Key Note Presentation, Florida Memorial University Faculty Senate Conference

May 1, 2011


I was asked to talk about the “tension” between and among teaching, research, and scholarship. I am passionate about today’s topic. I consider it one concern in higher education that needs to be visited on a regular basis, given the rapid changing environment of producing and disseminating knowledge. I am going to share my thoughts and experiences, and will disclose parts of my journey in coming to where I am on what I consider to be a perceived tension between and among teaching, research and scholarship. What some see as tension, I see as natural shifts in scholarship.
The Urban Dilemma

By Mike Curtis, M. A., Henry George School of Social Science

April 27, 2011

Welcome to the urban dilemma: why our cities can't sustain themselves--and how they could.

Why shifting the source of revenue from confiscatory taxes to a charge that is based on the value of benefits received becomes an incentive to create the maximum number of jobs and dwellings that are economically desirable within every community.


Why shifting taxes from income and wages, sales, and the value of buildings to the rental value of land creates the incentives to rebuild our cities and promote an orderly development of the suburbs and rural areas--one that will make the most efficient use of our roads, sewers, and everything else that governments provide.
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