Rural System, Inc.
 Sustained rural lands; sustained profits




Thoughtful
the Behavioral Base Center

You have to be concerned about the shooter, the gun, and the target... all three at once.

You have to be as involved with the receiver and the sender.

Early on, plans were begun for developing a behavioral psychology group of Rural System. Rejecting the name "PsyCo", discussions progressed slowly around the following. Clearly the early efforts were with more resource oriented issues. Alliance were slowly formed with practicioners within the region.

The areas of work that were seen as useful if not financially viable ... except within the context of the greater Rural System were:

  1. Group psychology (boards, land owners, participants, citizens
  2. Geriatric programs
  3. Prison programs
  4. "Getting Ahead" - for students who start from behind
  5. Publications - local printers as well as collaboration with key publishers and distributors; especially CD sales of dramatic scenes that develop a problem or situation and then end and discussions follows - for students, clients, discussion groups, etc.
  6. Website
  7. Regular courses - the psychology of selling and that of buyers
  8. Substance-abuse intervention (various)
  9. Computer population models (individual and group), some for the Internet
  10. Integration with the Chi concept
  11. Treatment of flood victims and modification of their "return to the crisis spot " behavior
  12. Teaching courses in child psychology and educational psychology
  13. Courses in modern education psychology and behavioral change methods, includding uses of The Didactron and CDs of notable typical situations
  14. Developing a SOL project, especially one related to nature and management
  15. Seeking research grants
  16. Providing turors and counselors (availability lists)
  17. Developing a migrant-worker project
  18. An "Experience Project" - not practicing wrong; making experience pay off; harvesting folk-wisdom

There is needed within text materials and personnel management the needs for cultural awareness. This seems important, from the perspective that being aware provides opportunities to understand different communication patterns. This understanding may improve relationships, effectiveness, and productivity in the work place. Cultural differences (e.g., among races,religeons, and cultures in for example physical space and proximity for discussions), if not understood, can add tension in the same place. People may unknowingly do or say things that are offensive to co-wworkers of different cultures. An environment needs to be created of understanding, then openess to discussing and adjusting actions or words that prevent Rural System from achieving its objective efficiently. Understanding, at least being aware of differences, can help stretch employee thinking, their comfort zone, and change their perspectives.

Discussions about any of the above and planned synergism are welcomed.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me
about some of the topic(s) above at

RHGiles@RuralSystem.com.

Maybe we can work together
... for the good of us all
... for a long time.

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