Dr. Mary Ann Allison presents "Gecyberschaft: Understanding Virtual Community as a Complete Shift in Society" for Microsoft Research.
Dr. Eric Allison talks with Chris McCarus of MichiganNow.org outside the Detroit Historical Museum about Historic Preservation and "New Yorker’s Lessons For Detroiters".
Research and teaching—in business, government, and academia—are fundamental to the Allison Group’s purpose.
Dr. Mary Ann Allison’s research interests and presentation topics include:
Mary Ann provides practical roadmaps to help everyone make better decisions for our children,in our businesses, schools, and government agencies, and—not least—in our individual lives.
Dr. Eric Allison’s research interests and keynote topics include:
Eric is passionate about grounding our fast-moving society by protecting our common heritage.
Information about and examples of our work
Community Revitalization in New Cassel, New York
At the turn of the 21st century, New Cassel suffered from the effects of race, gender, and class segregation and discrimination; a lack of affordable housing; no downtown center; environmental contamination; overcrowded housing; and community despair and discord.
In 2002, after four years of community outreach, education, and organization led by Sustainable Long Island (link) and UNCCRC,* more than 800 community residents and stakeholders developed a comprehensive Vision Plan describing their hopes for New Cassel during a facilitated community participation process.
* UNCCRC—the Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation—acts on behalf of the community in this renewal process.
Formally adopted by the Town of North Hempstead in 2003, this plan has helped a committed multilevel government partnership raise more than $120 million in public and private funding and guides the ongoing renewal work.
This research was conducted under the auspices of The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® (NCSS). NCSS is a non-partisan research institution dedicated to promoting objective, academically rigorous study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Mary Ann Allison was the Principal Investigator. Partial funding has been provided by Sustainable Long Island, The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, and The School of Communication at Hofstra University.
Eric Allison's most recent book covers such issues as:
Historic Preservation and the Livable City offers compelling evidence that cities, towns, and rural environments that implement historic preservation actually compete at a higher level economically and are more sustainable. They are more attractive to both prospective and current residents as well as visitors. In a world where cities must attract visitors and residents, historic preservation is an important and often overlooked tool.
Social Change and Virtual Communities
Dr. Mary Ann Allison's doctoral thesis Gecyberschaft: A Theoretical Model for the Analysis of Emerging Electronic Communities - won the Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology.read a 2 page abstract of Dr. Allison's thesis
Practical, warm, and down-to-earth, Mary Ann Allison is an expert at using stories to help a wide range of audiences to bridge the gaps that rapid change brings.
Mary Ann Allison coauthored The Complexity Advantage: How the Science of Complexity Can Help Your Business Achieve Peak Performance, one of the first books to make practical use of the concepts arising in complex systems theory. The Wall Street Journal described it by saying: “Anyone who grasps the concepts in The Complexity Advantage will have the power to change a business in startling ways. ...These are big ideas. I strongly suspect that the insights of complexity science will blaze a bright new trail for business. And there is no better place to start than here.”
Dr. Allison speaks with organizations about how to apply complex systems theory in a practical way.