Meet Riane Eisler
Riane Eisler is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, and education. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children.
Riane Eisler was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and now teaches in the Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a founding member of the General Evolution Research Group (GERG), a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and World Business Academy, a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, along with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders. She is co-founder with Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, www.partnershipway.org, dedicated to research and education (RianeEisler.com)
Read chapter 2 of the book, Educating for a Culture of Peace by Riane Eisler and Ron Miller. In it they explore what they refer to as partnership and domination models of education.
This chapter…identifies the configurations of beliefs, behaviors, relations, and institutions that, regardless of other differences, support a peaceable or violent culture. It also shows how education can help develop and maintain a culture of peace – or rather, the core configuration of such a culture in a wide variety of cultural contexts (Eisler & Miller, 12).
Reflection Question: Overall, have the relationships fostered in your educational experience, between teacher and student, leaned more toward the partnership model or the domination model? How have these models manifest themselves in the classroom?