Three Supports for Community and Workplace Development


Three Supports for
Community and Workplace Development

 By Steven J. Lawrence
© 2014


Welcome to Three Supports for Community and Workplace Development.

Through the years, I have developed an interest in multiple fields, including film, theatre, philosophy, education, and the study of organizations.  My formal training includes a Bachelor Arts in Theatre from Salem State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Transformation at the University of Massachusetts of Boston, which was a combination of training in both pedagogy and organizational change.  Since the 1990s, I have had the fortune of combining all my interests and bringing them into the classroom as an educator in urban school districts.

Alongside my career as an educator, I also acquired experience and pursued training in organizational development, peace-making, dialogue and mediation.  My experiences in these domains have helped me develop insights and understandings around human interactions and their impact on the mission of organizations, communities and projects.  I am happy to share some of what I’ve learned on the Ground Experience blog, and I hope you will have the opportunity to take a look at some of the entries.

Topics covered include the intersection of workplace health, public policy and institutional norms as they impact the realities of human lives on the ground.  Of particular interest is the related theme of organizational cultures and how language, collaboration, and empathy each play a role in achieving an organization’s mission.

The following pages introduce a rubric I developed during my graduate training at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  The rubric is called “The Three Supports for Community and Workplace Development.”  If you have any feedback or responses to the writing, please feel free to email me at

Thanks for visiting.