In a cooperative, all of us are responsible for everything.
J. M. Arizmendiarieta. Reflections. p.63

Karol Wojtyła

I owe Wojtyla a lot. It would be difficult to enumerate it all. This is why I will just enumerate four most important inspirations: First of all the view of participation, not as a value, but as an indispensable element of human dignity. Second, the concept of a person as a potential that evolves through transcendence in moments when the persona acts and not when something happens to him or her. Third, emancipating the scientific importance of individual experience, which should be at the very beginning of our reflection. Fourth, the unity of body and spirit which constitute the wholeness of the person. These four inspirations are enough to spark a scientific revolution.

It is a pity his philosophical work is practically unknown in English. Here is a link to a controversial English translation of his most important work: The Acting Person in English. 

Good book about his philosophy - Kupczak: Destinied for liberty.

The richest selection of his works on-line is here.


Victor Vroom

Victor Vroom is known for his expectancy theory of motivation. The theory is no longer fashionable (yes, science has fashions like clothes) although it could be a great theory to explain many phenomena including unhappiness. But Vroom mainly inspired me by his little known contingency theory of participation. There is hardly any paper I would not quote it. Participation is our inherent human feature like language aquisition, but Vroom goes beyond this and enumerates 11 factors that help us develop this function. 

His paper "Educating managers for decision making and leadership" is one of the most recent one on the topic. 





John Heron

I have got two main inspirations from John Heron. First, in the study of the human condition we should collaborate with people not as subjects but as researchers. Making research with and not on the people revolutionized my research thinking. The second inspiration is in fact confirmation of Wojtyla's quest for the study of experience. From those two ideas, all the co-operative inquiry research paradigm evolves. 

Book archive of John Heron can be found here.